Taisho Era, meisen technique

French Impressionists were captivated by the Japanese woodblock prints that began appearing in Paris in the late 1850s, and most had their private collections of them. The subject matter of the prints, usually scenes from everyday life rather than the religious, allergorical, or mythological themes deemed worthy by the academy teachers of art, appealed to the Impressionists, as did the composition, colors, and lack of perspective.

left: Claude Monet, Poplars at Giverny (detail), 1887.