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Fuji, Land of Snow

A display of prints at the Musée Guimet reveals how Japanese artists have depicted the great mountain across time

The Blue Fuji (1831), Katsushika Hokusai.

The Blue Fuji (1831), Katsushika Hokusai. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (MNAAG, Paris)/Thierry Ollivier

While some museums remain shuttered due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are now reopening as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

Fuji, the great cone-shaped mountain, has provided inspiration for artists throughout history. This exhibition of 70 prints (15 July–12 October), mostly drawn from the Guimet’s collections, explores how progressive generations of artists, from Hiroshige Utagawa during the Edo period to contemporary artists such as Samiro Yunoki, have rendered the visual effects of mist, snow and mountainous scale on paper. Find out more from the Musée Guimet’s website.

Preview below | View Apollo’s Art Diary here

Hara (1850–51), Hiroshige Utagawa. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (MNAAG, Paris)/Harry Bréjat

Evening of snow at Terajima (1920), Hasui Kawase. Photo: © MNAAG, Paris

Mount Fuji (2011), Samiro Yunoki. Photo: © RMN-Grand Palais (MNAAG, Paris)/Thierry Ollivier

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