Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave off Kanagawa

Righto, we did a big old detailed review of Hokusai’s masterpiece The Great Wave off Kanagawa. With lots of historical notes from Timothy Clarks’ analysis. Plus independent research. And our thoughts and happenings across this most legendary woodblock print.

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For this review I’m examining Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

It’s a legendary piece that’s ubiquitous around the world. But few people know much about it, Hokusai (1760-1849), or the array of literature surrounding the print. Most folks just like staring at the dramatic and iconic finished product.

So I wanted to learn more about the artist, as well as what his work stands for. I took a detailed look at Hokusai’s Great Wave by Timothy Clark as part of my research. It’s a fine book – you can also take a look at his more expansive (but detailed) work Beyond the Great Wave. But I used the former for quotes and insights throughout this review.

That sits alongside independent research to document the remarkable painting from circa 1830.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave (かながわおきなみうら) is a wooden block print from the ukiyo-e era…

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