Looking specifically at works created by European artists in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries, Waynor Rogers of the Petrie-Rogers Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, will discuss Western representations of Eastern images.
After Japan was opened to the West by the Perry Expedition in 1854, a steady stream of European and American artists, technicians, and scientists started to trickle into the country. These visitors journeyed east both in the interest of East/West commerce, and at the request of the Japanese government who wanted to educate the Japanese who had been isolated from Western influences for 250 years.
Among that group of visitors were artists who chronicled their journey in sketches, prints, and albums, that demonstrated the unique aspects of dress, customs, theater, and the geography of the region. Much of this is documented in their native Western perspective, but gradually, as the artists of both cultures learned from each other, and Western artists learned the technique and perspective of Eastern artists, an Eastern aesthetic began to emerge in the art of these Western visitors.