The Great Wave at Kanagawa

The Great Wave is a woodblock print created by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), A Japanese Artist. It was published in 1830-3. It was created as a Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock printing. The design depicts a very dramatic sense. Some people had mistaken it with the theme of Tsunami; however it’s just a large ‘okinami’ (wave of the open sea).

A huge thundering wave is substituting over three small, the boats are being overcrowded with fishermen, and at the back is Mount Fauji. This mountain was often used as a centerpiece in most of his works. The Mount is very calm and undamaged by the waves. The fishermen in the boat are very calm and disciplined, as if they know how to handle such a situation. They are not panicked at all and there is no fear of death in their eyes. The artist has showed a traditional theme with Mount Fauji in an innovative version.

The thin boats were transporting fish in the fishing market of Edo. In past, Edo was one of the largest cities of the world. Hokusai also compared the forces of nature with tiny men. The overall composition was supplemented with Hokusai’s signature on the painting at the upper left corner

Today only the major museums display the original impressions of ‘Great Wave’. Many tourists and painters from around the world often visit these museums to take a look at the masterpiece. The price is roughly equal to $ 50,000. The major museums where the copies of the print lies includes, the Art Institute of Chicago, British Museum in London, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the British Museum.

Hokusai was born in Katsushika in 1760, and his birth name was Tokitaro. His father was a mirror maker. He started painting when he was six years old. It was not until he became 18 when he was being accepted as an apprentice to the popular artist Katsukawa Shunsho. Hokusai, after the death of his master, spent time making advertisements, New Year cards, sceneries and landscapes. His two major works, Eight view of Edo and Famous Views of the Eastern Capital were established in 1800. He was finally recognized as an artist when he painted a 240 square meter painting of a monk during a festival. In 1820s, his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji earned him a lot of popularity points. Other popular works include A Tour of the Waterfalls of the Provinces, Unusual Views of Celebrated Bridges in the Provinces and One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji.

  Great Wave

 The Great Wave
 The Great Wave

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