Oriental inspired art prints for you home decor. Japanese wall art prints and more for your oriental themed interior design project. Oriental art was a rarity in Western culture prior to the 19th century as there was very little contact between the regions except for trade or military encounters. Depictions of oriental culture that appeared in Western media were often developed as propaganda to emphasize differences between the East and West and to degrade the people and culture that saw as an enemy. Some of the imagery depicted scenes of violence but it was the exotic and mystical elements of Asian culture that eventually captured the imagination of Western followers. Stylistically, it was Oriental Art’s emphasis on the use of the line that emerges from the emphasis on calligraphy as the “supreme Chinese art” that most influenced Western art.