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Van Gogh's "Portrait of Pere Tanguy 1887-8

“Japan in Paris: the Impact of Japanese Art on the Development of Modernism

During the Edo Period,” is the topic of the next in the Exploring Art Through Observation Series on Monday, June 24, at 5:30 p.m., at Hollyhocks Art Gallery, in Pinehurst.

Between 1639 and 1854, Japan was in a period of seclusion, with only one port open for international trade. The Dutch were the only country able to continue trade with Japan during this time. After more than 200 years of seclusion, Japan opened to full western trade in 1854, beginning a craze that would be called Japonism — the collecting of Japanese art and influences.

Whistler, Degas, Cassatt and Manet were deeply influenced by Japanese prints. Van Gogh relied on Japanese prints and woodblock color palettes to take his work in a new direction. Paris exploded with all things Japanese, influencing art, printmaking, theater, fashion, architecture. and interior and garden design.

Join local artist and art educator Ellen Burke as she introduces simple observation and reflection skills that will help individuals feel more confident, more connected and more curious about viewing works of art. Participants in Exploring Art through Observation and Conversation will be introduced to the work of artists who were influenced by Japanese works of art. This month’s donation organization is Military Officers Association of America Veteran Support Fund, providing much needed support to veterans and military spouses through career development programs and community outreach focusing on housing, employment, financial assistance and behavioral health.

This event is open to all interested community members. The cost of the event is $20. Proceeds from the event will be donated to MOAA. Participants will enjoy a glass of wine while exploring works of art and supporting the mission of MOAA Veteran Support Fund.

Hollyhocks is located at 905 Linden Road, Pinehurst, next to Elliott’s. For more information and to register, call Burke at (603) 966-6567 or email exploringartellen3@gmail.com.

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