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Japanese Art of the Meiji Period (1868 – 1912)
The Khalili Collection of Japanese Art, the world’s most comprehensive collection of Meiji decorative art, comprises over 1,600 pieces including works by most of the known masters from the middle of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Comparable in its extent only to that held by the Japanese Imperial family, the Collection houses many objects created by artists who had received the outstanding honour of becoming Artists to the Imperial Household and these masters, together with other sublime artists represented in the Collection, frequently won gold medals as participants in the great world expositions of that time. In many ways, it is no exaggeration to say that many of the intricate and technically accomplished objects in the Collection would be impossible to replicate today. Furthermore, echoes of the ground-breaking art produced in the Meiji period can be witnessed since the birth of the Avant-garde in Europe to this day. From the heavy influence on the Impressionists during the hayday of ‘Japonisme’ right up to the most cutting-edge digital art of the 21st century, the influence of Meiji art on the contemporary world is unparalleled.