This painting of Japan's Mt. Fuji speaks to Georgia O’Keeffe’s love of Japan, and perhaps to her affinity for the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who died the year before she painted it.
The artist made two trips to Japan in 1960. Although she was able to see different sights on the second trip, both times she stayed at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (designed by Wright and opened 1922) and visited Mt. Fuji.
When O’Keeffe revisited Fuji on her second trip in November, she wrote to her sister Anita: “Lovely drives through the mountains – past lakes Mount Fuji has no snow on it yet this year. When I was here in February it was white with snow.” - Georgia O'Keeffe
Wright’s Imperial Hotel was frequently
compared to Fuji for its triangular roof, and was advertised with Fuji in the background. Wright, who shared O’Keeffe’s love of Japanese art, first visited the country in 1905, and even stayed in the same hotel near Fuji that O’Keeffe did 55 years later. His passion for Fuji was arguably as strong as O’Keeffe’s for her own beloved Pedernal.
This painting was never publicly exhibited during the artist's lifetime. O’Keeffe never sold the work and only displayed it at her home and studio Abiquiú.
But, this stunning large scale work is on view today in the O'Keeffe Museum galleries today and it is not to be missed!! #GeorgiaOKeeffe #okeeffe #okeeffeinspired #japan #mtfuji #franklloydwright #artisttravel #japaninspired #imperialhoteljapan #onview #pinkandwhite #japanesearr #lakesandmountains #architectureinspired #modernartists #20thcenturyart
Georgia O'Keeffe. Untitled (Mt. Fuji), 1960. Oil on canvas, 48 x 72 1/2 inches. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. [2006.5.354]