In Finland, artists such as Albert Edelfelt and Helene Schjerfbeck were in the throws of Japanomania. The revolutionary aesthetic of Japanese woodcuts also inspired Vincent van Gogh to depict the natural environment to the smallest detail. Claude Monet travelled from France to Oslo to paint winter mountain landscape, in a true Japanese spirit. Ateneum’s exhibition, opulent decorativeness of international art and design meets the depictions of pure Nordic nature.
This research and exhibition project, which Ateneum Art Museum has engaged in since 2011, will go on tour from Ateneum to the national galleries of Norway and Denmark. The chief curator of the exhibition is the internationally renowned art expert Professor Gabriel P. Weisberg.