Impressionism and Japonisme: The Diagonal

Impressionism and Japonisme: The Diagonal

Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Dancers in the Rotunda at the Paris Opéra, c. 1875–1878 and c. 1894, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Richard Houston

Join artist and educator Richard Houston in this six-week course investigating how Japanese design elements in woodblock prints influenced European art in the late 19th century. Each week, students explore various design strategies through a series of exercises using the Museum’s renowned Impressionist collection.

Study how diagonals and other pictorial devices may be used as an alternative to traditional Western perspective by looking at the work of Edgar Degas.


All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $25 ($20 for members), and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included.
Advance registration is required. Please use the register button
Meets in Entrance Gallery