Katsushika Hokusai's South Wind at Clear Dawn was pressed sometime between 1830 and 1835. This woodblock print, made during the Edo period, is one of the crowning masterpieces of world art and hand-colored reproductions from the original block are displayed in many of the major art museums of the world. Greatly inspiring the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements, Hokusai's work is a masterpiece of the Japanese art of Ukiyo-e or "pictures of the floating world". The stark, resonant, and popular form of woodblock printing took European art by storm. During his time in Arles Van Gogh became increasingly interested in the great Hokusai, and when combined with the artist's love for natural growths would culminate in such treasures as Irises, Blossoming Almond Tree, and Ears of Wheat.
Part of Hokusai's series 'Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji', completed when the artist was nearing the end of his life, the print is often known as 'Red Fuji' and alongside The Great Wave off Kanagawa is the greatest work in the artist's most renowned series of prints. With a vastly simplified take on elemental forces in composition, the lines and tones of the work seem to describe the mountain rather than depict it. The fascinating shift in color from the forest to the mountaintop expresses the transcendent power of the natural world, and questions man's relation to it.
It is without doubt one of the most memorable prints in the history of the popular medium and a startling vision of a time when Japan was closed to the world. Remarkably only using three colors and a single shaping line, the asymmetry of the image is the product of the iconic artist's life study. A dramatic narrative evoking the changing world of Imperial Japan, the print is an icon of artistic exchange between East and West.
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