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January 17 – March 23, 2014

The Great Wave

Japonisme in Charleston


The Great Wave examines the influence of Japanese prints on the artists of the Charleston Renaissance period who found inspiration in the dynamic compositions and bold color schemes of woodblock prints created by masters of Japan’s ukiyo-e school. The exhibition features works from the Read-Simms Collection of Japanese prints accompanied by works produced by Charleston artists including, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anna Heyward Taylor, and Antoinette Guerard Rhett.

Learn more about the influence of Japonisme on the Charleston Renaissance artists in a Curatorial Perspectives blog post by Sara Arnold, Gibbes Museum Curator of Collections.

View our online calendar for upcoming programming related to The Great Wave exhibition.

Rough Sea at the Naruto in Awa Province No. 55 from the series Pictures of Famous Places in the Sixty Odd Provinces, 1855, by Ichiryusai Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858), woodblock print on paper, image courtesy of the Gibbes Museum of Art/ Carolina Art Association.