By Michaël Lucken, Historian, director of the Centre of Japanese Studies at the INALCO
"The core of the Ishibashi Collection was established during the extremely turbulent period in Japan between the invasion of Manchuria (1931) and the end of the American occupation (1952). How was Western art perceived at this time of ultranationalism? Was it rejected, or, on the contrary, did it continue to circulate and act as a model? What were the consequences of the war for the art market and for artworks in general?"