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Katsushika Hokusai : “South Wind, Clear Sky (Red Fuji)” (c. 1830-1832)

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South Wind, Clear Sky, also known as Fine Wind, Clear Morning, or simply Red Fuji, is one of the iconic masterworks belonging to Hokusai’s series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. The most abstract, yet meteorologically accurate of the series, it depicts the eastern side of the mountain in autumn, just as the first rays of the rising sun bathe its upper slopes in the pinkish hues of morning. Art historian Gian Carlo Calza has described it as “one of the simplest and at the same time one of the most outstanding of all Japanese prints.”

Believed to hold the secret of immortality, Mount Fuji held special significance for Hokusai, who pined for the years necessary to perfect his art. In the postscript to One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji he wrote:

“From the age of six, I had a passion for copying the form of things and since the age of fifty I have published many drawings, yet of all I drew by my seventieth year there is nothing worth taking in to account. At seventy-three years I partly understood the structure of animals, birds, insects and fishes, and the life of grasses and plants. And so, at eighty-six I shall progress further; at ninety I shall even further penetrate their secret meaning, and by one hundred I shall perhaps truly have reached the level of the marvelous and divine. When I am one hundred and ten, each dot, each line will possess a life of its own.”

Though Hokusai did not live past 88, the artistic immortality that he did achieve owes more to Fuji than to any other motif.

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