The influence of African and Asian Art on Modern Art

The development of the Royal Pavilion borrowed heavily from Asian art. The exterior of the building had a large Indian influence which makes it look like the Taj Mahal. This influence is tempered with the Gothic influence which makes the windows to appear like those of a castle. The design of the main entrance is inspired by Persian architecture. Its interior has a Chinese Gallery. For example, the hanging lamp is a feature of Chinese art. Moreover, the walls and the statues in the room reveal a deep Chinese influence in the building.
In 1853, Admiral Perry traveled to Japan with a newly invented the camera. During his expedition, he took many photographs which American and European impressionists used to paint images of the Japanese people and culture. This led to the rise of new imperialism in which it was not only raw materials coming from the Far East to the West but also works of art that were used by artists. For example, the Portrait of Emile Zolla by the Paris based artist, Eduard Manet revealed the influence of Asian artistic philosophy in which the painting is expected to not only dwell on the subject but to also communicate more about the individual. In this particular painting, the author is seen holding a book, while a portrait of a Samurai adorns the wall. In addition, the presence of a Japanese screen behind him shows that he is a cultured person. Moreover, Edouard Manet was fond of including fans in his paintings. For example, he asked a female associate to pose holding Japanese fans.