What makes a work of art appealing to a foreign audience?
After Japan opened up to trade and political relations with the wider world after the mid-nineenth century, cultural exchange with the West boomed. Japanese prints, in particular, were greeted avidly by European and American audiences and artists alike. But this was not the first time artistic ideas were traded between East and West. The very Japanese prints that so fascinated viewers in France, England, and the U.S. were themselves influenced to varying degrees by Western aesthetics.