Japan’s long period of exclusion from the west ended in the mid 19th century, and from 1862 the work of Japanese craftsmen could be seen at world trade fairs. Woodblock prints, porcelain, textiles and lacquer work had a profound impact on many western art movements, including Art Nouveau. Bamboo, carp, wisteria and cherry blossom became part of the decorative repertoire. Siegfried Bing (1838-1905), a naturalized Frenchman from Hamburg, ran an import-export business from the 1870s and edited the influential monthly journal Le Japon Artistique.
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