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Art and Music Month: van den Sigtenhorst Meyer

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Van den Sigtenhorst Meyer: Six Views of Mount Fuji

July 11, 11:00 AM

On July 11 at 11:00 AM, hear Six Views of Mount Fuji (after Japanese prints) by the Dutch composer Bernhard van den Sigtenhorst Meyer who lived from 1888-1953. When Japan opened its ports to foreign trade at the end of the 19th century, Japanese art made its way to the West. Japanese woodblock prints became wildly popular in Paris and London; they characteristically appear flat, due to the absence of shading and linear perspective, but exhibit striking use of saturated color, and solid shapes while hinging upon a low, diagonal axis. The Japanese influence on Impressionists (and on Debussy as well as the present composer), came to be called “Japonisme.”

Van den Sigtenhorst Meyer composed his series of piano miniatures on Japanese prints after a trip to the far east in 1919.

View these selections from Hokusai’s series “36 Views of Mt. Fuji”

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