The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Artwork



title=The Great Wave off Kanagawa [The version depicted here is of the copy in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York]
artist=Katsushika Hokusai
year=c. 1829–32
type=color woodcut
height=25.7
width=37.8
nihongo|"The Great Wave off Kanagawa"|神奈川沖浪裏|Kanagawa oki nami ura is a famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. A literal translation of the Japanese name would be "Off Kanagawa, the back (or underside) of a wave." 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 hang 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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External links

* [http://www.metmuseum.org/works_of_art/collection_database/asian_art/The_Great_Wave_at_Kanagawa_from_a_Series_of_Thirty_six_Katsushika_Hokusai/ViewObject.aspx?depNm=asian_art&Title=The_Great_Wave_at_Kanagawa_from_a_Series_of_Thirty_six_Katsushika_Hokusai&pID=-1&kWd=great%20wave&OID=60013238&vW=-1&Pg=1&St=0&StOd=1&vT=3 The Metropolitan Museum of Art's (New York) entry on "The Great Wave at Kanagawa"]
* [http://www.spideronthefloor.com/jordan Academic site on Hokusai's "Great Wave" print]
* [http://www.picture-poems.com/rilke/features/deepsnow.html#Berg Rilke's "Der Berg" (The Mountain) poem inspired by "The Great Wave"]


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