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Katsushika Hokusai
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 sanjûrokkei) 「富嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏」
ca. 1830–31 (Tenpô 1–2)
Woodblock print (nishiki-e) ink and color on paper

9 15/16 x 14 5/8 inches
Denman Waldo Ross Collection

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Publication:
Hokusai
Sarah E. Thompson, with an essay by Joan Wright and Philip Meredith


Exhibition: 
Hokusai, 04/05/2015-08/09/2015, Ann and Graham Gund Gallery (Gallery LG31), Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Katsushika Hokusai remains one of Japan’s most popular and influential artists. This handy volume presents the wide range of Hokusai’s artistic production in terms of one of his most remarkable characteristics: his intellectual ingenuity. It explores the question of how the self-styled “Man Mad about Drawing” approached his subjects—how he depicted human bodies in motion, combined figures and landscapes, represented three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional surfaces and when he used the techniques of illusionism or adjusted reality for greater visual or emotional effect. Including some 50 stunning and unusual paintings, prints and drawings from the peerless Hokusai collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, this book is a treasure trove that introduces readers to a witty, wide-ranging and inimitably ingenious Hokusai.
About the Author

Sarah E. Thompson is Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.



[See another version of this print and essay, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Katsushika Hokusai, 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 sanjûrokkei)]

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Additional Information

Katsushika Hokusai: Selected Biographies on Art in Context

Katsushika Hokusai: Related Links on Art in Context

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Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, (1760-1849)
b. September 23 (?), 1760, Edo (exact date speculated)
d. 1849


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