Обновлено: 15 сент. 2019 г.
Since the Impressionists discovered Japanese art, many artists studied it, collected and copied it. I continued this tradition and made a copy of “Kitsunebi on New Year's Night under the Enoki Tree near Ōji” woodcut print by Utagawa Hiroshige. This is the last list of his series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”. It’s very different from the rest of his book and I’m attracted by its strangeness and of course, the foxes.
In the center of the picture, there is an enoki tree (an iron tree) and foxes imbued with a mysterious light (kitsunebi), which were supported by their breathing. It is believed that on the last night of the year, the foxes of all the provinces gathered in Ōji, near the enoki tree, to take on the appearance of the court ladies, and then go to the Inari sanctuary. Therefore, another tree name is "shōzoku enoki" ("costume enoki”).