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Le Petit Palais features two major exhibitions following the theme of Fantasy through prints. This one invites the public to discover for the first time in France the production of an extraordinary artist, Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Through significant Japanese loans, complemented by those from French institutions.
In total, 250 works are presented in the aim to demonstrate his dramatic genius and expressive beauty. The exhibition clarifies the function of his imagery and his importance in Japanese culture, the work of Kuniyoshi, has greatly influenced the art of manga and tatoo.
Almost an exact contemporary of Eugène Delacroix, Kuniyoshi remained less known in the West than Hokusai and Utamaro. The unconventionality of his work kept him away from the wave of decorative Japonisme in Europe in the late nineteenth century although he was admired by Monet and Rodin.
His prints are characterized by the originality of their inspiration and framing, violence in the series of monsters and soldiers, the humor in the shadow series, caricatures and depictions of the lives of cats. The visit highlights the stylistic variety and limitless imagination of the artist.
An room is devoted to the presentation of the artist and his reception in France in the nineteenth century. Follow five sections dedicated to the so many variations on his engraved work and present the abundance and exuberance of his inspiration. These populated everyday images of anthropomorphic animals, cats, birds, toads ... have influenced a generation of designers of manga.