Occidental and Japanese Art

Kadi Kevvai, Liis Bauer, Milene Minssieux, Felix Quist Møller, Aleksandra Kovalevska & Jesper Tobias Harbsmeier

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project aims to investigate the influence of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints on Impressionistic art. The paper is divided into three sections: first a historical background on the most famous artists behind woodblock prints and their appearance in the West. We shall also elaborate on the Impressionists who were strongly influenced by them. The second section will hold comparative analyses that try to identify the Impressionists’ inspiration by Japanese ukiyo-e and Zen Buddhism. The analysis will be divided in three main themes concerning how everyday life, nature and Zen Buddhism influenced the Impressionists. Furthermore, the project contains a reflection upon how Impressionism and Zen Buddhism have continued to inspire artists of the next generations.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato13 jun. 2012
VejledereMichael Harbsmeier


  • Japanese art
  • Zen Buddhism
  • Japonisme
  • Impressionism
  • ukiyo-e