Thirty-six views


About a year ago, M and I went to see a local exhibit about Japanisme, which featured Japanese woodcuts, and then the French and Californian prints and paintings which had been influenced by those Japanese prints. One series we particularly liked was Henri Riviere’s Thirty-six Views of the Eiffel Tower, inspired by previous series called Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai and Hiroshige. M had just recently had to complete a series of painting for a class she was taking, and I think I had series on the brain because I told her she should definitely do a series of silkscreens called Thirty-six Views of Sutro Tower. A more iconic structure would be Coit Tower, which is prettier and a piece of architecture rather than an antenna, but I think that’s the point. Plus you can see Sutro Tower from all over the place.

So. M may in fact do her series, but in the meantime I’m going to start one myself in photographs.

This is the first.

(Oh no! Someone else has had this idea! Oh well, it can be done more than once –)


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