Shunshuu Ejiri and A Sudden Gust of Wind
At first glance it can be noticed that Jeff Wall’s A Sudden Gust of Wind (Sayre, page 299) and Sakino Hokusai’s Shunshuu Ejiri (Sayre, page 298) are very similar. The main reason these two pieces are similar is because Jeff Wall’s A Sudden Gust of Wind is based on, or an interpretation of, Hokusai’s Shunshuu Ejiri from the collection Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Although Wall’s piece is based on Hokusai’s there are also many differences.
The similarities in the two pieces are obvious because Jeff Wall’s A Sudden Gust of Wind is “a portrait of modern times modeled after Shunshuu Ejiri”. (TK) First of all, the content of the two pieces are almost identical, both pieces show a group of people walking down a path when what seems to be an unexpected wind blows a bunch of papers out of their hands. Both pieces of artwork also feature a tree in the foreground along with a field and a body of water. Secondly, the pieces of paper that are prominently featured in the two works seem to have a sense of movement to them that draw your eyes up. Finally, since Wall’s piece is based on Hokusai’s piece both of the works tell the same story, that life is a series of unexpected events.
Although there a many similarities in Wall’s A Sudden Gust of Wind and Hokusai’s Shunshuu Ejiri, there are also a considerable amount of differences. The most obvious difference between the two artworks is the medium. Jeff Wall’s piece is a type of photography where he “creates his works using actors and actresses on location, as in a movie production, and uses a computer to construct elaborate scenes.”(TK) Hokusai, on the other hand, used the woodblock method. Which is a method where the “image would first be drawn onto washi (Japanese paper), and then glued onto a plank of wood, usually cherry. Wood would then be cut away, based on the outlines given by the drawing. A small wooden object called a baren would be used to press or burnish the paper...