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The great wave of Kangawa by Katsushika Hokusai

The “Great Wave off Kanagawa” is an art piece crafted by Hokusai Katsushika​, who is one of the greatest painters and printmakers of Japanese descent in the 19th century. This art work is also the first of a series of designs that were originally 36 famous views of Mount Fuji, which is a sacred mountain in Japan.

The resulting series created by the painter was a highly successful product in the market and as such, it was later on extended to 46 designs. However, after that, it ended abruptly for unknown reasons. The creation of the design dates back to the 1830, whereas the publication of this piece was done in 1832 by Nishimuraya Yohachi.

About The great wave of Kangawa by Katsushika Hokusai on Canvas Print

Hokusai’s 1830 woodblock print of “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” is undoubtedly among the most exceptional images found in the world of art. This art work depicts a stormy sea which is found off the coast of the Kanagawa Prefecture. This area is located in the southwest of Tokyo, and is also historically the home of a number of fishing ports.

The “great wave” as illustrated in great detail by the artist, is both a symbolic as well as an actual deluge. Thanks to the number of external conflicts, the authorities of Japan in the Edo period decided to sever all their ties with the world outside for over a 260 years period (Between 1603 and 1868). During this period of time, Japan was able to develop a remarkably particular and singular culture, primarily in the sectors of architecture, sculpture, porcelain, woodblock prints, painting, and ceramics, each of which was isolated and utterly unrelated to any influence from the outside.

About Hokusai Katsushika

Hokusai Katsushika was born in either October or November 1760 (the 23rd day of the 9th month of the 10th year of the period of Hōreki). He belonged to an artisan family in the Katsushika district of Edo, Japan. The name through which the artist was known in his childhood was Tokitarō.

It is believed by many that his father was a mirror-maker, who used to produce mirrors for the shogun. It is also known that Hokusai’s father never made him an heir, so it is possible that the artist’s mother was a concubine.

Hokusai began his painting experiences as early as the age of six. He possibly got this from his father who also used to design the edges of his mirrors with painting. The intriguing thing about Hokusai is that he was known by over 30 names during his lifespan. Despite the fact that the use of a variety of names was pretty common for the Japanese artists of his time, the number of names used by Hokusai far exceeds the amounts used by any of the other major artists of his time in Japan. In fact, the name changes of Hokusai are so much frequent and so often related to variations in his artistic style and production, that they are mostly used for breaking his life into different periods.

Product Specification

The canvas print of this vibrant art piece is an exceptional reproduction of the original work carried out by the artist. The magnificent print version of this masterpiece is created for the purpose of decorating your studio, home, or office with a brilliant essence of Hokusai who crafted this art piece.

  • Painting: The Great Wave off Kanagawa
  • Artist: Katsushika Hokusai
  • Type: Canvas print reproduction
  • Style: Traditional
  • Size: Adjustable as per your requirements
  • High quality materials