2014.10.29 AD - Becoming a true artist.
Good morning. This is Arashi’s Ohno Satoshi.
Here’s today’s thought of the day; come on!
"If only Heaven would grant me ten more years… no, just five more years of life, then I could become a true artist."
[BGM ‘Imaging Crazy’]
Oh. That’s an amazing quote.
This is a quote by the late Edo period ukiyo-e artist who created Red Fujiand the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, Katsushika Hokusai-san. He continued to work until his last years, almost to the age of 90 and this was something he said before he died.
Oh. This was sent in by listener Cosmos-san. The message reads:
"I was surprised to learn that Hokusai said, 'All I have drawn before the age of seventy is not worth bothering with'. After I saw Hokusai’s ‘Red Fuji’ at an exhibition, on Arashi ni Shiyagare, when Oh-chan became Chief Sugi-chan, I saw that one of the props was a hanging scroll with ‘Red Fuji’ on it. The ‘Red Fuji’, the dangling forelock over Chief Sugi-chan’s face and those famous words; those three things were scorched into my mind as a set.”
What happened again? I was so desperately caught up in that I have no clue.
Heh, seriously… It’s incredible, huh? To be drawing right up until you pass from this world… That sort of spirit is naturally pretty hard to come by, I think. Mm. But honestly, if I went back to the Edo period, I’d probably be drawing the whole time. Mm.
What? I said something cool there, involuntarily. Sorry about that.
Man, but that sort of mindset, right, it’s like people back then… Like Itō Jakuchū was like that too. Seriously, without working at all, they were just at home painting all the time, right?
Mm. That’d be intensely enjoyable, wouldn’t it? And then people back then didn’t have photos or anything, right? Despite that… For instance, like animals, well, same goes for people. Well, same goes for people, but they drew them really realistically, didn’t they?
Like in Paris, there are a ton of oil paintings of portraits and boats and stuff. You can look at boats while painting them. But portraits and stuff, there are pictures of them in motion, right? They’re incredibly realistic. How do they do it? Their powers of observation must be amazing, I think. In a period where there were no photographs, they were able to paint to that extent. MM.
So often for that sort of thing, when I go to see all sorts of paintings and stuff, I often think that sort of thing.
So yeah, as for me, I have no idea what age I’ll be drawing until, but I know it’ll be something I’ll keep doing. Even when I become an old man, I’ll still keep drawing. I’m curious as to what sort of pictures I’ll be drawing as an old man.
Well, with that day in mind, I’ll keep drawing all sorts of things.
Perhaps I, too, shall try to become a true artist. (snorts)
That’s all; this was Ohno Satoshi! .