Orientalism, Chinoiserie & Japonism: The Western View Of Asian Arts

Orientalism, Chinoiserie, Japonism, Post-Modernism

Date/time:
7 October – 25 November 2020
Wednesdays 10.45am - 12.45pm
Venue:
The University Women’s Club, 2 Audley Square, London W1K 1DB
Lecturer:
Suzanne Perrin
Fees:
Full course (8 sessions) £416.00
Single lecture £63.00
(includes morning coffee, tea and biscuits)

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“Delightful course. Enjoyed this very knowledgeable lecturer. Good handouts, perfect power point presentation and very good choice of slides and captions. Interesting choice of Japan subjects to follow up”
“I really enjoyed this course. I feel I have learned a lot about Japan, its past and future and how much it was influenced by the west”

‘Orientalism’ was a generic term denoting ‘exoticism’, but what does it mean, and where does it come from? Often it was confused with ‘Chinoiserie’ and ‘Japonism’, although these have more specific locations. To unravel the differences between the concepts of these three very different ideologies we need to explore the terminology that gave rise to their style and characteristics, and how they were interpreted and exploited by the artists and designers who were influenced by them. It is also relevant to look at how the West came to be in East Asia, specifically in the Middle East, India, China and Japan, to see how the origins of Colonial culture shaped the relationships with these countries, and how trade and ideas were exchanged with them during the 17th to 19th centuries. As developments came about in the 20th century, we still see the legacy of these influences today; so can we now distinguish their origins?

Le Jardin Chinois, François Boucher
photo by S. Perrin
photo by S. Perrin
photo by S. Perrin
photo by S. Perrin

Course outline

07
Oct
2020
Orientalism 1

Where is the Orient? How do we recognise it? Oriental visions, perceptions and obsessions. Cultural borrowing and the quest for The Other.

14
Oct
2020
Orientalism 2

Colonial Culture & its Trade 17th ‐ 19th centuries. The Grand Tours; the East India Trading Co.; the Great Exhibitions. Colonial Culture and how the East was presented to the West.

21
Oct
2020
Chinoiserie 1

The British in China 17th ‐ 19th centuries: expanding trade. Opium trade brought wealth but at high social cost. Regency Culture: Cultivating a new stylistic language. Bringing exoticism into the home: textiles, silks, furniture, ceramics.

28
Oct
2020
Japonism 1

Japan & the West in 17th ‐ 19th centuries. The VOC Dutch Eastern Trading Co. and Japan. The Dejima trading post and its visitors.

04
Nov
2020
Japonism 2

Exchange of East‐West trade with Japan. British writers and artists in Japan. Japanese scholars and artists go to the West.

11
Nov
2020
Japonism 3

Japanese arts herald a new design ethic. Modernism comes to the fore. Architecture and the new modern living space.

18
Nov
2020
Post-Modernism

Cultural Fusions.
The Age of Mix & Match in the 21st C melting pot. Manga, fashion, film, and social trending. Fashion, film, graphics and social trending.

25
Nov
2020
Gallery Visit

at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Japanese & Chinese galleries incorporating examples of costume, textiles, ceramic, furniture.