When the Impressionists discover Japan

Written and directed by Jérôme Lambert & Philippe Picard


In the second half of the 19th century, Japan opened up to the West and thanks to explorers such as Guimet, Duret, Cernuschi or Bing, art objects and engravings started to flow into Europe and the United States. Through a first-person narrative based on the writings of gallery owners, critics, collectors and painters of the period, the film recounts the major events of this wave of Japonism in the arts. It reveals also the relations between Japanese art and some of the outstanding Western works of art as the famous Claude Monet.

Format: 16/9 - 1x52’ - Colour - HD
Production: UN FILM À LA PATTE & L'ENVOL & ARTE France
Fundings: Centre National du Cinéma et de l'image animée, CNC (Création Visuelle et Sonore), Région Grand Est, Procirep-Angoa
International distribution: AndanaFilms
First broadcaster: ARTE
© 2018

: Olivier Raffet & Stéphane Aveneau (Arte Studio)
Editing: Françoise Tubaut
Original music
: Christophe Marejano

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