Tuesday, 25 May 2010

“In the mountain depths…” - Hokusai


    A print from Hokusai’s ‘100 Poems’ series demonstrates a brilliant and fully meaningful use of diagonal composition.
    In an idealised Japanese landscape, Hokusai’s joyful sense of life transforms a poem about “the sadness of loneliness and of autumn signals of approaching death” into its opposite.. Story here, bottom of page..  Clue at top left of print.


  1. Such vividness inspires
    even as leaves fall
    and winters cold cleanses all

  2. Or perhaps a more traditional 5-7-5?

    Bring in the harvest!
    While the forest king looks on
    Red and gold turn white


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