New way of looking
Japanese art was hidden from Westerners for many years. Overseas trade only got underway when Japan was opened up to the world in 1859. Oriental art and household goods flooded into Europe.
Prints were an instant hit among Western artists. They differed significantly from what was usual in the West. The bright, exotic colours were especially appealing, while the Japanese conception of space also opened their eyes. Examples from Japan gave a new direction to Western artists’ own work.