Christies auction celebrates the influence of the crafts of Japan on the art of the West

An auction at Christies is celebrating the art of Orientalism and its influence, writes Des O’Sullivan.

Christies auction celebrates the influence of the crafts of Japan on the art of the West

A resurgence of interest in Japonism, the study of Japanese art, sculpture, fine art and decorative art, should be of interest to collectors.

The sale next November by Christie’s in Paris celebrating the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, is just one of a series of cultural events in France running from now until next February under the title ‘Japonismes 2018: Les âmes en résonance’.

In London, Japan House welcomed 70,000 visitors in the first five weeks since opening on Kensington High Street late in June and next year’s Rugby World Cup will focus attention on a country that to many of us, remains mysterious and enigmatic even to this day.

Japanese woodblock prints became a huge source of inspiration from the 1860s as Japan ended a long period of seclusion and isolation.

Japanese art and culture has had enormous influence on Western culture through seminal figures ranging from Monet to Klimt, Renoir to Bonnard, Frank Lloyd Wright to Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Impressionists to Van Gogh.

A work by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) from Christie’s Japan sale in Paris (€25,000- €30,000).
A work by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) from Christie’s Japan sale in Paris (€25,000- €30,000).

Christie’s will hold a cross-category sale on November 15 which includes paintings, furniture, prints, sculpture, books, ceramics, silverware, lacquerware and jewellery.

There will be around 60 lots ranging from 1860 to 1930 in a first of its kind curated sale.

The auction will be led by a monumental and impressive pair of French parcel gilt and patinated, cloisonne enamel vases on bronze stands by French metalworker and manufacturer Ferdinand Barbedienne, who took part in every universal exhibition of the 19th century.

The vases were made at a time when the Oriental influence was at its height.

Four artists at Lavit Gallery CASe Show

Des O’Sullivan looks at the artists exhibiting at a show in Cork

'Violation' by Stephen Lawlor from CASe at the Lavit Gallery.
'Violation' by Stephen Lawlor from CASe at the Lavit Gallery.

VERONICA Bolay, Don Cronin, Sheenagh Geoghegan and Stephen Lawlor are participating this year in CASe, the annual Cork Arts Society exhibition of work by invited artists.

German-born Bolay moved to Ireland in 1971 and her work is now in many collections, including AIB, the ESB, Bank of Ireland, AXA, Dublin City University, the National Self-Portrait Collection: National University of Limerick, National University Maynooth, Boyle Civic Collection, Irish Life, Department of the Marine, Mayo County Council, Intel and Arthur Anderson & Co.

Innishannon-based Don Cronin studied sculpture at the Crawford Art School in Cork. County Councils including Cork, Kerry, Mayo, Leitrim and Tipperary have commissioned work from him under the Per Cent for Art scheme.

Tipperary based Sheenagh Geoghegan represented The Slade on activated projects at dOCUMENTA 13 during the hundred days of the festival and has exhibited widely including London and New York. Stephen Lawlor’s approach to painting is with the expectation that it will be a failure and therefore there is no need for concern or hope that something perfect might emerge.

The show runs until September 8 at the new home of the Lavit Gallery at Wandesford Quay, Cork.

Ulysses art at Mill Theatre

EVERYONE, Everywhere, Everyday is an illustrated journey through inner city Dublin inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Artist Eva Kelly sets out to capture the energy and stream of life of contemporary Dublin by tracing part of the journey made by Leopold Bloom starting at The Oval pub on Abbey St and concluding in College St.

Applying the idea of the flaneur observing city life, each scene was drawn and photographed from different perspectives. From this 12 illustrations were made showing exterior spaces, streets, people, interior viewpoints from a cafe, bus window and various shops.

The exhibition is on show at the Gallery at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre until September 30.

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