Jeff WallA Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993

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Jeff Wall (born 1946)
A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)
Date 1993
MediumTransparency on lightbox
Dimensionsobject: 2500 x 3970 x 340 mm
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1995
Not on display


A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) is a large colour photograph displayed in a light box. It depicts a flat, open landscape in which four foreground figures are frozen as they respond to a sudden gust of wind. It is based on a woodcut, Travellers Caught in a Sudden breeze at Ejiri (c.1832) from a famous portfolio, The Thirty-six Views of Fuji, by the Japanese painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Wall photographed actors in a landscape located outside his home town, Vancouver, at times when similar weather conditions prevailed over a period of five months. He then collaged elements of the photograph digitally in order to achieve the desired composition. The result is a tableau which appears staged in the manner of a classical painting. As in Hokusai’s original, two men clutch their hats to their heads while a third stares up into the sky, where his trilby is being carried away by the wind… (read more)

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