Jul 2, 2014

South Wind, Clear Sky, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

South Wind, Clear Sky, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

冨嶽三十六景 凱風快晴

early 1830s

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎

(Japanese, 1760–1849)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 25.6 x 37.5 cm (10 1/16 x 14 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Edward L. Whittemore 1930.189


Did you know?

During the printing process, the natural grain of the cherry wood printing block was imprinted onto the paper along with the red-colored dye.


Mt. Fuji, Japan’s highest mountain, appeared in most Japanese 19th-century travel literature. Maps sometimes showed its location with a Fuji-shaped icon and indicated where travelers could get the best view of it. Between 1829 and 1833, Hokusai created a print series depicting thirty-six views of the mountain, including this one, sometimes known as “Red Fuji.” The season in this scene is a time between late summer and early autumn, when the mountain takes on a reddish hue.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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