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“Under the Wave off Kanagawa”

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Maya Tiwari

on 14 May 2015

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Transcript of “Under the Wave off Kanagawa”

Why Mount Fuji?
Who was Katsushika Hokusai?
Hokusai was born in 1760 in Edo (now Tokyo), Japan.

Hokusai discovered Western prints that came to Japan by way of Dutch trade. From the Dutch artwork Hokusai became interested in linear perspective.
-polychrome woodblock print, 10x14 inches

-All of the images in the series feature a glimpse of the mountain, but as you can see from this example, Mount Fuji does not always dominate the frame. Instead, here, the foreground is filled with a massive cresting wave.

Wednesday, May 15, 2015
by Maya Tiwari
“Under the Wave off Kanagawa”
The Japanese Art
Analysis 2
Katsushika Hokusai’s
Under the Wave off Kanagawa
, also called
The Great Wave
has became one of the most famous works of art in the world

—and debatably the most iconic work of Japanese art.

“Under the Wave off Kanagawa”
Hokusai is often described as having a personal fascination with mountains, which sparked his interest in making this series. However, he was also responding to a boom in domestic travel and the corresponding market for images of Mount Fuji.

Also known as “The Great Wave,” from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849)
Red Fuji
The threatening wave is pictured just moments before crashing down on to three fishing boats below.
Under the Wave off Kanagawa
is full of visual play. The mountain, made tiny by the use of perspective, appears as if it too will be swallowed up by the wave.

-Crashing wave looks like snow falling on the mountain.
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