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Great Wave of Kanagawa

Great Wave of Kanagawa

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Hokusai's 'The Great Wave of Kanagawa' (1830s)

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is an ukiyo-e woodblock print by the illustrious Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai  (1760-1849).  It was published sometime between 1830 and 1833 in the late Edo period and is the first print in his 'Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji' series, which led to his international popularity and fame.

It is Hokusai's most famous work and is arguably one of the best known and best loved pieces of Japanese art worldwide.  Copies of the print are in many Western collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the British Museum in London, the Art Institute of Chicago and in Claude Monet's house in Giverny, France, amongst many other collections.

It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is more likely to be a large okinami or 'wave of the open sea'. The image is of two boats, full of Japanese sailors, coming up against the menacing Great Wave. As in all the prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions, and the mountain itself appears in all its majestic glory in the background.  



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  1. In a word, stunning

    Megan (Submitted on 29th Jul 2016)

    A lovely print that adds beauty to any room, any space.

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