Japan and Paris

/Paris and Japan

An Object Study and Travel Seminar, Fall 2018

Part of the Penn-PMA Mellon object-based learning initiative

 Monsieur Jacky’s Little Train, Giverny 

Day 1

Musée Cernuchi

&Musée d’Orsay

On the day we arrived we visited the Musée Cernuschi and met the curator. That evening we visited the Musée d’Orsay.

Amida Buddha, Cernuschi Museum

Musée d’Orsay

Day 2


& Rouen

We visited Claude Monet’s house and Japanese-inspired gardens, where he lived from 1883 until his death in 1926. From there, we continued on to Rouen where Robyn Barrow led an engaging object session on Rouen Cathedral.

Read about Robyn’s Object of Study

Day 3

Musée d’Ennery

Musée Guimet

Read about Naoko’s Object of Study

Read about Tim’s Object of Study

We visited the Musée d’Ennery, where saw how East Asian artifacts were displayed in a 19th-century collector’s household. Later, we attended the symposium and exhibition at the Musée Guimet, Meiji: Splendeurs du Japon Impérial (1868-1912) .

Day 4

The Louvre

Kohei Nawa’s Throne is on view at the Louvre with the purpose of commemorating the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan and the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration.

Read about Ramey’s Object of Study

Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Tyler gave a talk in the Japonisme Salon at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Read about Tyler’s Object of Study

Day 5

Galeries Lafayette

Les Galeries Lafayette represent the turn to modern commercialization that began in the middle of the 19th century, when there was a radical shift in the culture of Parisian retail.

Read about Alyssa’s Object of Study

Bibliothèque nationale de France

The curator at the BnF, Veronique Beranger, generously showed us selected items from their collection of Japanese books and scrolls.

Musée de l’Orangerie

Erin gave a talk about the Musée de l’Orangerie, where Claude Monet’s paintings housed.

Read about Erin’s Object of Study

Our group

Front row, left to right: Ph.D students Alyssa Garcia, Ramey Mize, Naoko Adachi

Second row, left to right: Erin Schoneveld, Penn Ph.D 2012, now Assistant Professor, Haverford College; Ph.D students Tim Zhang and Erin Wrightson; Professor Julie Nelson Davis; Ph.D students Tyler Shine and Robyn Barrow