Blossoming in Japan: Life-Long Impressions from a Post-War Residence
On view during Cherry Blossom Festival, March 19-April 12, 2015
Karla Heurich Harrison (1907-2014), the youngest daughter of Christian and Amelia Heurich, was heavily influenced by her residence in Japan. She and her family lived in Kyoto during the post-occupation era when her husband, Brigadier General Eugene L. Harrison, was stationed in the city from 1948-1950. Karla fully embraced the culture of her new home, learning to read and speak the language and collecting Japanese art and antiques. The family witnessed the aftermath of the Fukui earthquake, one of the country’s most catastrophic events following World War II. Her emotional connection to Japan lasted throughout her long life; once she returned to the United States, she mastered ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, and continued to collect and support Japanese art.
The objects on display are a small sample of Karla’s extensive collection, now owned by her children and grandchildren. Pieces from her collection have been previously displayed at Telfair Museum of Art in Georgia and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in Connecticut.