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The Arts of Japan & Europe: Fascinating parallels and contrasts throughout History
Marie Therese Barrett
Thursday 08 March 2018


Marie Therese Barrett has an impressive array of academic qualifications – a BA & MA in English from Toulouse University, France; a BA in Oriental Art from Sophia University, Japan; and an MA in Art History from Maryland University, USA.  She has been a course organiser and tutor in Japanese Art History at the Temple University, Japan (1990-1999), and a guest lecturer for the College Women's Association of Japan, plus Sotheby's, Christie's, the V&A, Asia House and the Japan Society. Marie Therese has served as Chair of the Japan Society Art Circle (2003-2007).  She was also course tutor for the Diploma in Asian Art, run by the British Museum and The School of Oriental and African Studies (2002-2008).


  A survey of Japanese art throughout history reveals surprising similarities but, above all, fascinating contrasts with Western art of the same periods. Three sessions explore Japanese approaches to painting, architecture and crafts in comparison with Europe and address the influence of society, environment and materials on the artistic responses of different cultures. The day also includes a display of Japanese objects and an assessment of Members’ own Japanese items.

Session 1: Prehistoric art in Japan and Europe. 7th to 10th centuries: early approaches to religious art

Coffee & Biscuits

Session 2: 11th to 16th centuries: architecture, manuscripts and landscape paintings

Light Lunch to include a glass of wine or soft drink PLUS Japanese tea! Take the opportunity to browse the display of items from Mrs Barrett's own collection

Session 3: 17th to 19th centuries: architecture, arts and crafts, popular prints. East meets West

Assessment of Members’ own items.

Further reading:

Japanese Art by Joan Stanley-Baker, Thames & Hudson, 2014

Japanese Art Close-up by John Reeve, British Museum Publications, 2014

Venue - Ashtead Peace Memorial Hall, Woodfield Lane, Ashtead KT21 2BE

Doors open 10.00 am for a 10.30 start. Event ends 3.45-4pm

Tickets at £28 each are available at our January and February 2018 meetings or from Roger Steel on 01372 272083