The Trio, Tokyo, Japan (c.1898-1901). Lilla Cabot Perry (American, 1848-1933). Oil on canvas. Fogg Museum of Art.
In 1897 Perry’s husband received a teaching position in Japan, as an English professor at the Keiogijku University. Lilla Perry met Okakura Kakuzō, one of the Imperial Art School co-founders. Perry’s involvement with the Asian art world greatly influenced her work and made it possible for her to develop a unique style that brought together western and eastern aesthetic traditions.
Remember Lilla Cabot Perry Lilla Cabot Perry was an american impressionist painter. During her trips to Europe, she became friends with Pissarro and Mary Cassatt. Monet became her mentor. She died on 28 February 1933.
Here’s some of her work that she made in and around Monet’s garden in Giverny.
- Late Afternoon, Giverny, date unknown. Oil on canvas, 66 x 81,3 cm. Private collection - Haystacks, Giverny, 1896. Oil on canvas,
64,1 x 81,3 cm. Private collection - Autumn Afternoon, Giverny, c.1905-1909. Oil on canvas, 65,4 x 81 cm,
Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, IL,
USA - Giverny Landscape, in Monet’s Garden, c.1897. Oil on canvas, 64,8 x 81,3 cm. Private collection - A Stream Beneath Poplars, c.1890-1900. Oil on canvas,
65,4 x 81,3 cm. Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN, USA - Child in a Walled Garden, Giverny, 1909. Oil on canvas,
66 x 81,3 cm. Private collection. - Little Girl in a Lane, Giverny, c.1906-07. Oil on canvas,
81,3 x 68,6 cm
A new inspiration entered her life in 1897 when her husband received a teaching position in Japan as an English professor at the Keiogijku University. Lilla Perry met Okakura Kakuzō, one of the Imperial Art School co-founders. For three years Perry resided in Japan and took full advantage of its unique artistic community. In October 1898 Perry exhibited her work in Tokyo, with the assistance of Kakuzo, and became an honorary member of the Nippon Bijutsu-In Art Association. Perry’s involvement with the Asian art world greatly influenced her work and made it possible for her to develop a unique style that brought together western and eastern aesthetic traditions. Her Meditation, Child in a Kimono and Young Girl with an Orange vibrantly illustrates the distinct changes that occurred in Perry’s work during her stay in Japan. Unlike her earlier works, both compositions draw on uniquely eastern subject matter and show a strong influence of the clean lines from Japanese prints. The result of this blending of east and west is striking with Impressionist portraits flowing seamlessly with the well-organized, balanced compositions that the eastern art world was known for at this time. Mount Fuji became the subject of 35 or more paintings and she made a total of more than 80 paintings while in Japan.