The Great Wave off Kanagawa

  • Title: The Great Wave off Kanagawa
  • Artist: Katsushika Hokusai
  • Date: between 1830-1833
  • Material: Color woodcut; Print making
  • Size:25.7 cm × 37.8 cm
  • The Great Wave off Kanagawa also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai, published in the late Edo period as the first print in Hokusai’s series. It is Hokusai’s most famous work, and one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa. While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is, as the picture’s title notes, more likely to be a large rogue wave.
  • Katsushika Hokusai, October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849 was a Japanese artist, painter and  print maker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting Born in Edo, Hokusai is best known as author of theWoodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.
  • I chose this piece because it is simple but gorgeous at the same time and the material that was used to create it is unique. I love the texture, movement and rhythm within the art work. It is very hard to create a picture that has movement, but as you look at this image, it appears that the waves are actually crashing on the shore.
  • References:
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokusai
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Great_Wave_off_Kanagawa
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