As I have been learning more about stained glass, I have encountered some great history, and some excellent images. The first one I’d like to mention is Johan “Jan” Thorn-Prikker (1868-1932). He was a Dutch artist in the Art Nouveau style who moved to Cologne, Germany in 1904 after being expelled from art school for being an upstart. He became very well known for being a religious artist, influenced by other Catholic symbolists, and isfamous for paintings and stained-glass. His painting, “The Bride,” has a wonderful sense of mysticism and symbology that I find very moving. This work is amazing on a symbolic level, similar to Rouault’s Fauvism.
We’ve just begun the semester, and we are planning a number of events in conjunction with the Japan Culture Club. Stay