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Western Women Artists Active in Asia


VISION OF THE ORIENT: WESTERN WOMEN ARTISTS IN ASIA 1900-1940
Exhibition at the  Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA, March 4-May 29, 2011. 
This is a fascinating exhibit showing the influence Western art had on Asian art and vice versa,  Eastern art interpreted by Western artists in the Orientalist manner. The exhibit shows works of  art created by Helen Hyde (1868-1919), Bertha Lum (1869-1954), Elizabeth Keith (1887-1956), and Lillian Miller (1895-1942). All of these women  were active  and lived in Japan, were originally trained as painters and also worked on remarkable woodblock prints. While there were a few European artists living in Asia, it was fairly unusual for Western female artists to live in Japan at that time.  These artists, while born in the West, collaborated closely with Japanese artists, publishers and  teachers. They frequently portrayed Asian subjects  and they adopted the Japanese art of woodblock print making.  Their art is sought after  by Asian and Western collectors.  These four artists are primarily known as woodblock print artists. This exhibit shows their  watercolors, book illustrations and etchings. 
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