"From the 1850s onwards, objects
from Japan flowed into the west and attracted the attention of both artists
and collectors. The Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867 brought an influx
of more things Japanese, as well as Japanese visitors to the city. The
term "japonisme" was coined in 1872 by Philippe Burty, a French art critic,
to describe what was essentially a new field of study - the influence of
Japanese style on French art."