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: "Japonisme: Japanese influence on French Art from 1854- 1910" are marks a milestone in examining relationships periodically existing between the far east and the west. As the exhibition and accompanying catalog suggest, contacts with the far east lead to fruitful periods of artistic interchange. The creation of chinoiseries during the 18th century is one such example. Considerable effort, both in the exhibition and in the catalog, has been spent on reconstructing the historical climate resources from japonisme have been located, and documentary photographs included in this book have been used to re-create a sense of time and place and to illustrate objects that proved too difficult to borrow.