Known for working in an autobiographical mode, Hockney created this work in London after a two-week visit to Japan. Assuming multiple painterly manners in the same work, he references the delicate, dripping washes of color field painting in his treatment of Mount Fuji, while rendering the white jonquils in the foreground in a hard-edged style. The image itself is also a composite: Hockney worked from a postcard of Mount Fuji and a flower-arrangement manual, rather than direct observation—perhaps an ironic response to the commercial culture he found in Japan, which contradicted his expectations of oriental tranquility and unspoiled nature.
the artist, London (1972; sold through André Emmerich Gallery, New York, to MMA)
New York. André Emmerich Gallery. "David Hockney: Paintings and Drawings," May 13–31, 1972, not in catalogue.
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," April 19–June 1, 1986, no. 46.
Kobe City Museum. "Landscape Painting in the East and West," June 7–July 13, 1986, no. 46.
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. "David Hockney," June 11–July 26, 1992, no. 18 (as "Montaña Fuji y Flores").
Madrid. Fundación Juan March. "David Hockney," September 18–December 13, 1992, no. 18.
Barcelona. Palau de la Virreina. "David Hockney," January 8–February 28, 1993, no. 18.
Paris. Galerie Sud, Centre George Pompidou. "David Hockney: Espace/Paysage," January 27–April 26, 1999, unnumbered cat. (p. 98).
Bonn. Kunst-und Austellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. "David Hockney: Exciting Times are Ahead," June 1–September 23, 2001, no. 23.
Humlebaek, Denmark. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. "David Hockney: Exciting Times are Ahead," October 12. 2001–January 29, 2002, no. 23.
Basel. Fondation Beyeler. "Flower Myth: Vincent van Gogh to Jeff Koons," February 27–May 22, 2005, pl. 60.
Kathleen Howard, ed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Guide. New York, 1983, p. 424, no. 30, ill. (color).
Lowery S. Sims in20th Century Art: Selections from the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Vol. 2, Painting: 1945–1985. New York, 1986, pp. 48–49, ill. (color, overall and detail).
Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, p. 156, colorpl. 135.
Marco Livingstone. David Hockney. Exh. cat., Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. Madrid, 1992, pp. 18, 105, no. 18, ill. p. 53 (color).
Didier Ottinger inDavid Hockney: Espace/Paysage. Exh. cat., Galerie Sud, Centre George Pompidou. Paris, 1999, pp. 98–99, ill. (color).
David Hockney: Maleri 1960-2000. Exh. cat., Humlebaek Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. 2001, ill. p. 39 (color).