Cultural immersion is the act of surrounding yourself with the culture of a place foreign to you. It might include living with a family, going to school in another country, or simply helping with a meal. Cultural diffusion is the spread of cultural beliefs, ideas, and/or social activities from one group to another. Art is influenced by the cultural experiences of artists. This lesson looks at artists who moved to a different country and changed their artistic styles to reflect the influence of new cultures. Paul Gauguin was born in 1848 in Paris, France and moved to Tahiti in his later years. His art was influenced by the culture of the South Pacific islands. Mary Cassatt was born in 1844 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania and moved to France as an adult. She joined the French Impressionist movement which was heavily influenced by Japanese prints. The art of Gauguin and Cassatt reflect their cultural influences.
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