The Great Wave off Kanagawa also known as The Great Wave, is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai. It was published sometime around 1830.  It is considered by many to be Hokusai’s greatest work, and one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world.

It shows a monstrous wave threatening boats off the coast of Kanagawa, Japan. It depicts the area around Mount Fuji under  unpredictable conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.

Copies of the print can be found all over the world and are in many Western collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, to name just a few.

It is one of my favorite works by Hokusai and it stands out to this day as one of the most iconic masterpieces in the history of Visual Art.


–Roz Abellera


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