Japanese wave print

Size: 20x30 cm
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" The Great Wave of Kanagawa" or "The Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai.

Iconic work of Japanese prints by the painter Katsushika Hokusai in 1831. "The Great Wave of Kanagawa", part of the "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji" series, is undoubtedly the most recognized Japanese print in the history of art. This print can be broken down into 3 major elements:

Mount Fuji, which, despite its height of 3,776 metres, seems miniscule in the face of the colossal wave about to crash. Hokusai takes a back seat here, even though it is an emblematic icon of Japan. Often described as a site of pilgrimage, Mount Fuji is also, and above all, a profound place of meditation and spiritual repose.


The Wave, which forms the major element of the print, dominates the composition with its hooked foam and impressive size. It can be likened to one of those legendary rogue waves. Powerful monsters of the sea, these waves could reach 30 meters in height and were considered marine folklore until the end of the 19th century.


The boats are oshiokuri-bune, small fast boats used to transport fish from the fishermen of the Izu and Bōsō peninsulas to the fish markets of Edo Bay . In this case, the 3 boats all seem to be trapped by the immensity of "The Great Wave of Kanagawa".


We can also make out writing on the left-hand side of the canvas. The box can be translated as "36 views of Mount Fuji - Off Kanagawa - Under the wave". The text slightly to the right is the artist's signature " Hokusai Itsu ".

ATTENTION: The frame is not supplied with the canvas, so we leave 4 to 5 centimeters of margin on each edge to allow for reinforcement.

  • Material: This reproduction is printed on a high-definition waterproof canvas made of cotton and polyester. This texture and the thickness of this paper are particularly suitable for the reproduction of prints, ensuring a high degree of fidelity to the original work.
  • Artistic movement: This wave print is part of ukiyo-e, an artistic movement from the Edo period (1603-1868) that can be translated as "image of the floating world".
  • Style: Japanese landscape
  • Colors: As with all the works in the "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji" series, the main color of this print is Prussian blue.
  • Year of production (original): 1831
  • Painter (original): Katsushika Hokusai

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