The influence of japanese art on design is about more than art it is a fascinating look at how a government used art to advance their political agenda according to sigur the japanese meiji government strategically used the 1876 centennial exposition to showcase their art and architecture in the united states. In influence of japanese art on design hannah sigur a western historian of japanese art examines not only how japanese art influenced the west but also why it was so influential her book moves beyond the study of formal comparisons to examine the events individuals documents and artifacts both western and japanese that were significant . The art of japan in particular the ukiyo e print was a revelation to western artists a stylized narrative japanese art form that emphasized flowing outlines strong sense of design and simplified forms this distinctive style of art flourished in japan from the mid seventeenth to the mid nineteenth century. History in 1874 the same year that impressionism officially emerged with claude monets painting impression sunrise french collector and critic philippe burty coined the term japonisme which is translated to japonismwhile today the term refers to all japanese art forms influence on any art movement it is usually used to describe woodblock prints prominent role in impressionism
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