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Bachelor JapanistsJapanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities$
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Christopher Reed

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175753.001.0001

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Originating Japanism

Originating Japanism

Fin-De-Siècle Paris

(p.37) 1. Originating Japanism
Bachelor Japanists

Christopher Reed

Columbia University Press

Challenges the gender dynamics of conventional histories of Japanism that retroactively privilege avant-garde artists over bachelor collectors and the female dealer who was arguably the first japoniste. It examines three paradigmatic Japanist spaces in 19th-century Paris, all bachelor quarters. Henri Cernuschi’s house-museum, which frames artifacts from East Asia in an architecture redolent of Italian-inflected Enlightenment values, is now the museum of Asian art of the City of Paris. The Goncourt brothers’ house is famous as a model of Aesthetic domesticity. Hugues Krafft’s zashiki, imported from Japan, and its extensive Japanese gardens was an important site for Parisians interested in Japan.

Keywords:   Paris, Japonistes, Collectors, avant-garde, Aestheticism

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