Red Fuji

by katsushika hokusai

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      Katsushika Hokusai created the captivating woodblock print Red Fuji in 1832.  In early autumn when, the southerly wind is blowing and the sky is clear, the rising sun can turn Mount Fuji red, this impressive geological moment has been eternalised by Hokusai with a stunning compositional abstraction piece. The enlightened colour palette of three shades of deepening blue of the sky mirror the three hues of the mountain. The lingering remnants of snow at the peak of the mountain and dark shadows encompassing the forest at its base place it very precisely in time (Autumn). Mount Fuji's solid symmetrical shape on the right half of the image is balanced by the delicate clouds to the left, for a striking composition.  Hokusai's Red Fuji has been described as "one of the simplest and at the same time one of the most outstanding of all Japanese artwork".  The perfect addition to a contemporary or vintage interior decor.
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The Artist

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI

Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) was the most celebrated Japanese artist of the Edo period.

Born in Tokyo, Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji which includes the internationally iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa.  Hokusai had a long career, but he produced most of his important work after the age of 60. Hokusai had achievements in various fields as an artist. He made designs for book illustrations and woodblock prints, sketches and painted for over 70 years. His influences stretched across the globe to his western contemporaries in nineteenth-century Europe with Japonism, which started with a craze for collecting Japanese art. Hokusai influenced Art Nouveau or Jugendsil in Germany and the larger Impressionism movement with themes echoing of his work in Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir's art. 

In the 1985 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Richard Lane characterises Hokusai as "since the later 19th century having impressed Western artists, critics and art lovers alike, more, possibly, than any other single Asian artist"

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