The Great Wave off Kanagawa  

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1820s), woodblock printing by Hokusai, first published in 1832
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The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1820s), woodblock printing by Hokusai, first published in 1832

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a famous woodblock printing by the Japanese artist Hokusai. It was published in 1832 (Edo Period) as the first in Hokusai's series 36 Views of Mount Fuji and is his most famous work. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats near the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa; Mount Fuji can be seen in the background. The wave is probably not intended to be a tsunami, but a normal ocean wave created by the wind. Like the other prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions.

Copies of the print hangs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the British Museum in London, and in Claude Monet's house in Giverny, France.




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