冨嶽三十六景 凱風快晴 South Wind, Clear Sky (Gaifū kaisei), also known as Red Fuji, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Oban 10 x 14 7/8 in. (25.4 x 37.8 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
Mount Fuji is said to have a reddish hue at dawn in early autumn. Known as "Red Fuji," this print presents Hokusai's uncompromising vision of Mount Fuji without a human presence. The majestic snow-capped Mount Fuji embodies an iconic spirituality that approaches the religious. Trees are reduced to tiny triangles of green stretching along Fuji's base, and the blue sky with a white-paper-like pattern of clouds adds a decorative flourish to the design.
Signature: Hokusai Iitsu fude
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Hokusai: The Great Master of Arts," October 26, 1991–November 24, 1991.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sense of Place: Landscape in Japanese Art," May 8, 2002–September 8, 2002.