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Munroe, in her introduction to the catalog of "The Third Mind," gestures dismissively toward japonisme as "a well-documented practice of formal appropriation" - anything to do with form must be in bad odor these days, as we all know-but it's not clear that those mere "flat colors, simple forms, and bold outlines" had less artistic power than all the philosophies in the world.
The genteel aestheticism of the late-nineteenth - century American painters who seized on japonisme seems a shallow sort of artificial paradise in the face of the depredations of the Gilded Age.
If there was an ideology connected with this pictorial revolt-so different from the well-mannered japonisme of 1890s Boston-it was anarchism; society, too, had to be organized along entirely different lines.
_Chérie_: "_La recherche du vrai en littérature, la résurrection de l'art du XVIIIe siècle, la victoire du japonisme.