Arriving in Europe as early as the 1830s, Japanese woodblock prints reverberated throughout the West. The 1867 Paris Exposition Universelle set a fire in the hearts of European art collectors. In the U.S., Whistler, Fenollosa and Bigelow are just a few of the great early American ukiyo-e collectors. By the 1870’s, ukiyo-e prints reached the height of fashion, inciting a mania amongst art enthusiasts and inspiring the brightest minds in Western art. From Monet to Degas, Van Gogh to Toulouse-Lautrec, Western artists were forever changed by the compositional daring and unfaltering beauty of ukiyo-e. Such artistic fervor gave rise to the Japonisme art movement, an artistic movement that provided a fresh visual language for a changing world.  

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