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Inside the floating world: An introduction to Japanese art

Gold imange depicting folded out screen, Flying figure with white surround to left and smaller figure to right. Colourful depictions.


22, 29 April, 6, 13, 20  May
10.15am - 12.15pm
£6 per lecture and £25 for the series

Japanese art covers a wide range of art styles and media, including ancient pottery, sculpture, ink painting and calligraphy on silk and paper. Its common denominator is an exquisite sense and sensibility of art and design that is unique in the world. Developed largely in isolation from the outside world, Japanese art became hugely influential on Western European artists during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. Themed to coincide with the arrival of Japan: A Floating World in Print touring exhibition organised by Maidstone Museum for Maidstone Borough Council. Please join us for this series illuminating some of the key themes in Japanese art.

Includes light refreshments

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22 April
Highlights of Japanese Art
Artwork: Tawaraya Sotatsu – gilded paper screens

Book for the highlights of Japanese art lecture

29 April
Edo and the World of Ukiyo-e
Artwork: Katsushika Hokusai – The Great Wave

Book for the great wave lecture

6 May
Seasons in Japanese (and Chinese) art
Artwork: Japanese painting on silk

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13 May
Gold and Craquelure – an excursion into Satsuma ware
Artwork: Satsuma ware teapot, cups and saucers

Book for the Satsuma ware lecture

20 May
Peacocks and Princesses – Japanese Influences on late 19th Century British Art
Artwork: Print of jug with image of Japanese woman

Book for Japanese influence lecture