Among the Japanese artifacts that reached Europe in the second half of the 19th century were color prints by Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Utamaro. These prints were eagerly collected by Manet, Degas, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler, and others. These artists were fascinated by the novelty of the Japanese aesthetic. In this presentation, we will examine the effect Japanese art had on these European
artists and compare the different ways they each incorporated this in?uence within their personal style.