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The term “Japonsim” was first coined by French art critic and collector Philippe Burty in 1872 for the study of Japanese art and artistic talent. In the late 19th century, Japonism had a huge influence on European art, especially on Impressionism.
Portraiture as subject has been present since the earliest evidence of art found on the walls of the Lascaux caves and the pivotal discovery of the Venus of Willendorf, a sculpture of a fertility goddess dating back to 22,000 BC. From these early primitive examples to the selfie of today, portraits have gone through a fascinating evolution along with the artistic movements that define the history of art.
In his short 37 years on earth, Dutch Post-Impressionist master Vincent van Gogh created over 2,100 artworks. This included nearly 900 oil paintings, most of which were created during the last 2 years of his troubled life.
Recently Artsy featured an article exploring the origins of the Art Nouveau movement. Inspired by Japanese prints, Celtic graphic motifs, and the curving lines of Rococo, artists of the Art Nouveau period created works that featured flattened and abstracted forms from nature.