French painter Georges Bigot (1860-1927) arrived in Japan at the beginning of the Meiji-era. He drew the rapidly modernizing Japan curiously and amiably to present it to the Western world. Books such as "Croquis Japonais" present a vivid documentation of the observations by the freshly arrived Bigot, while others accurately capture the attitude of the Japanese at the time as they turned their backs to the beauty of Japan and confined themselves exclusively to copy the West. His works drawn with empathy and compassion did not however sit well with the Japanese audience at the time that became increasingly critical. Bigot later returned to his country and made a debut as a satirical cartoon artist but had to do other illustration works to support himself.
Books on Bigot
『明治の風刺画家 ビゴー』 新潮社、1978年/
清水勲 『絵で描いた日本人論 ジョルジュ・ビゴーの世界』 中央公論社、1981年/
清水勲 『ビゴーが見た日本人 風刺画に描かれた明治』 講談社文庫、2001年/
清水勲 『明治の面影・フランス人画家ビゴーの世界』 山川出版社、2002年/
清水勲 『ビゴーが見た明治日本』 講談社文庫、2006年/