Jeff WallA Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) 1993

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Artist
Jeff Wall (born 1946)
Title
A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai)
Date 1993
MediumTransparency on lightbox
Dimensionsobject: 2500 x 3970 x 340 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation and from the Art Fund 1995
Reference
T06951
Not on display

Summary

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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