Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Mont Fuji - pays de neige, Artists 6-pack Paris Letters


 If you live in the Northeast in the USA you woke up to 12-20 inches of snow this morning. Paris, today, was a balmy 54 degrees. Coats and windows were open. 

It seemed a good time to show you an exhibit I visited last August at Musee Guimet - Mont Fuji - land of snow

Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo period (1603 - 1868). They capture the infinite silence of snow gently falling. 

Here’s a very ‘Japanese’ snow scene from New York photographer, Noam Galai, taken yesterday of a Sabret hot dog stand.

Around 1830, 70-year-old Hokusai became obsessed with snow-covered Mount Fuji, as a symbol of monumentality. 

The titles of his prints are like haiku poems; 

‘Fine winds, Clear morning’ 

‘Rainstorm beneath the summit’ 

‘New paddies at Ono’

The introduction of Prussian blue pigment , a deep greeny-blue stain brought in by  Commadore Perry when he ‘opened’ Japan,
                  Added depth and  contrast to Edo prints. 
Check out Lise Martinot’s Youtube lecture(in French) on their influence.
In Musee Guimet’s quite fabulous gift shop I bought an accordion book of bird prints now gracing my wall, most with Prussian blue backgrounds. By the way they have Hokusai ‘Great Wave’ socks and face masks. 
Claude Monet, like Impressionists Manet and Van Gogh, obsessively collected 250 Japanese prints for inspiration. They graced the walls of his famous yellow dining room at Giverny. 
A Canadian PBer last week requested some Paris letters as an artists gift, so I put together a new 6-pack in my Etsy shop.including Giverny. Yesterday morning the sky out my window was pale Prussian blue. Keep warm PBers๐Ÿป๐ŸŽจ❤️

22 comments:

LuLu LoLo said...

Wonderful post--very inspiring

Ga From Dekalb said...

Interesting and informative. When it is blue, the sky in France is so beautiful. No wonder so many artists took advantage of it.๐ŸŽจ

Bonnie L said...

That must have been a fabulous exhibit at Musรฉe Guimet. How amusing that they held it in August when snow is a wonderfully refreshing concept. With all of our snow the northeast US could use an exhibit of tropical islands...or deserts, perhaps? Glad to hear you are experiencing balmy weather in Paris and lovely blue skies.

Parisbreakfasts said...

Ga it was the luminous, reflective grey skies all the artists loved in fact - ‘Parisian grisaille’

Sybille said...

So wonderful, Carol! Great assortment in your new six pack of letters.

sukicart said...

I have never gotten too excited about Asian art but love the snow falling with the reddish building in the background.. Seems very peaceful.

Jeanie said...

Hokusai is one of my all time favorites -- I would have been so wild about this exhibit and the shop, too. Could be trouble. Oh, I remember walking into the dining room at Giverny and stopping dead in my tracks with those wonderful woodblocks. I would just love to move into his dining room and kitchen. I could live there forever.

Carolyn said...

You continue to amaze me as you pull all of this great information together!!!

Cindy said...

Wow!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Jeanie -I like how you think! You think Big!
It never would have occurred to me... :))

MR said...

The bird print accordion book is so beautiful-I’ve never seen anything like that. That’s wonderful that you can look at it everyday.

Parisbreakfasts said...

thanks MR
The book was one of 3 series by Flammarion
The others were landscapes and Japanese ladies

Mary said...

This is a beautiful. Prussian blue is my favorite. I am always drawn to it when I’m looking at yarn! I have never been drawn to Japanese prints until I saw the ones at Monet’s house.

JJ said...

I really enjoyed your post today about Prussian Blue; so interesting and informative. I really hadn't realized how vibrant as I seldom used it. Thank you.

Maxine said...

So lovely! Thanks for this great PB edition.

Your shot of the Paris rooftops is a great painting subject.

Chef Anne said...

So beautiful Carol!

Merci beaucoup,

Daina said...

Thank you so much for all this info. I looked it up and indeed saw to my surprise the grey skies that were so influential.

Lara said...

Snow is beautiful to look at, especially in prints. Not so great when you have to scoop it!

BL said...

thanks for the Lise Martinot video.

She is wonderful!

Parisbreakfasts said...

This is brilliant....our sister in law at Clark Art Museum in Williamstown, MA is a specialist in "the Japanese influence
on French impressionists" and had a rare collection of Japanese prints she has gifted to the museum. I will send
her this PB; she'll love it.

NormaJean said...

What a beautiful photograph of your window view..... so unique!! Love it!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Not so unique NormaJean...
If you live in a top floor Paris chambre de bonne...Paris rooftops is your view.