Zoom The Great Wave off Kanagawa Hokusai ReplicArt Oil Painting Reproduction
Zoom The Great Wave off Kanagawa Hokusai ReplicArt Oil Painting Reproduction
Zoom The Great Wave off Kanagawa Hokusai ReplicArt Oil Painting Reproduction

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

This is the most famous Japanese print in the world! Hokusai performed it at the age of 70. This image, often renamed The Wave, is from the series "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji", a mountain considered sacred by the Japanese. This spectacular and particularly aggressive wave seems to be closing in on a prey (the three fishing boats at the bottom of the image!). The Prussian blue used by the artist is characteristic of Hokusai's taste. At the start of the 20th century, Claude Debussy chose this work to illustrate the cover of his score La Mer. A quote that will be followed by a multitude of others until today.

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Japan's most famous ukiyo-e printmaker in the Edo period (1603–1868), Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) was the author of a world-famous work: The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1831), which is among the equally famous “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”. The man who nicknamed himself "the drawing madman" also gained fame with his popular erotic and fantastic prints, as well as his important collection of various patterns and sketches: the Hokusai manga. This very prolific artist embodies Japanese spirituality and the celebration of an animist nature through his work. The discovery of his prints was a major aesthetic shock for European artists at the end of the 19th century.

Hokusai broke away from his teacher, attended several schools, and began to publish his first poetry collections. Around 1800, he adopted the name that would make him famous: Hokusai (meaning "Workshop of the North") in homage to a Buddhist deity he admired.

Hokusai, the painter in search of the absolute and master of illusion, devotes a cult to natural elements, respect that leads him to magnify their monumentality. The artist does not hesitate to indulge in innovative experiments, in particular using Prussian blue, a pigment recently introduced in Japan, which gives his views an exceptional intensity of color. But it was as a landscape painter that he imposed his original talent, combining his knowledge of traditional Japanese techniques with his curiosity for Western painting.

Original artwork details

Current location: The Hokusai Museum

Original size: 10.1 x 14.9 in (25.7 x 37.9 cm)

Date created: 1833

Art movement: Japanism

Painting and Framing

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We use the best oil paints (Winsor & Newton or Grumbacher). All our canvases are made of 100% cotton, and have been double-coated with acid-free sizing and gesso primer.

Stretching & Framing

Ready to hang

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Rolled canvas

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