Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)"

A crashing wave looms over two small ships, Mount Fuji in the background.
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  • A crashing wave looms over two small ships, Mount Fuji in the background.

Date:

1830/33

Artist:

Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎
Japanese, 1760-1849

About this artwork

Katsushika Hokusai’s much celebrated series, Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei), was begun in 1830, when the artist was 70 years old. This tour-de-force series established the popularity of landscape prints, which continues to this day. Perhaps most striking about the series is Hokusai’s copious use of the newly affordable Berlin blue pigment, featured in many of the compositions in the color for the sky and water. Mount Fuji is the protagonist in each scene, viewed from afar or up close, during various weather conditions and seasons, and from all directions.

The most famous image from the set is the "Great Wave" (Kanagawa oki nami ura), in which a diminutive Mount Fuji can be seen in the distance under the crest of a giant wave. The three impressions of Hokusai’s Great Wave in the Art Institute are all later impressions than the first state of the design.

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Artist

Katsushika Hokusai

Title

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave, from the series "Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei)"

Origin

Japan

Date

1826–1836

Medium

Color woodblock print; oban

Inscriptions

Signature: Hokusai aratame Iitsu fude Publisher: Nishimura-ya Yohachi

Dimensions

25.4 × 37.6 cm (10 × 14 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1925.3245

Extended information about this artwork

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