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Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Echoes of Japan: The Prints of Henri Rivière (1864-1951)
Curated by: Rachel Sloan
1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


November 23rd, 2011 - January 1st, 2012
 
The Institute and the Ile de la Cité (L’Institut et la Cité), , Henri RivièreHenri Rivière,
The Institute and the Ile de la Cité (L’Institut et la Cité), ,
1900, Lithograph.
© Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Gift of Sara and Armond Fields.
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Admiration for Japanese art was a defining characteristic of the Parisian artistic avant-garde in the late 19th century. Henri Rivière took his appreciation further than most, teaching himself the labor-intensive woodblock technique used by Japanese printmakers and using it (and later lithography) to produce print albums that deliberately emulated theirs – most famously, Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower, a modern, urban take on Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. This exhibition, the first to showcase SBMA’s extensive holdings of Rivière’s work, traces his career from his early days as a designer of shadow plays for the Cabaret du Chat Noir to the albums of Parisian cityscapes and Breton landscapes with which he made his name.


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