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Impressionism and Japonisme

On-Site / Art in Context

Wednesday, July 20, 10am – 4pm


$170; members $153
(one-day workshop)

About the Class

In the 1850s, trade between France and Japan resumed for the first time in nearly 250 years. The resulting impact of Japanese art and design on French visual culture—impressionist painting in particular—was extraordinary. Investigate how Monet, Degas, Whistler, Van Gogh, and others incorporated a Japanese aesthetic into their practices.

Capacity: 80

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class; please check Safety Guidelines regarding current mask policies.


Matthew Palczynski

Palczynski is an art history lecturer, consultant, curator, and educator for academic, corporate, and nonprofit institutions. He regularly leads sessions on innovation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches art history at Tyler School of Art and the Barnes, and presents lectures worldwide for Road Scholar.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?