Japanese wave painting

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

This painting, entitled "The Great Wave of Kanagawa", is undoubtedly one of the most popular Japanese works of recent decades. Produced during the Edo period in 1831 by the painter Katsushika Hokusai, this work is part of the "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji" series. It is part of the ukiyo-e artistic movement, of which Hokusai was a great master.

If we analyze the composition of this painting, we can quickly distinguish 3 main elements:

Mount Fuji, a powerful place of meditation and very popular with Buddhist religions. Here, it is placed very far away, giving it a sense of inferiority in the face of the immensity of "The Great Wave of Kanagawa".


The wave is the painting's star attraction. At 10 to 15 meters in height, with its foam in the shape of hooked fingers, the monstrosity of this wave can be paralleled with rogue waves. These monsters of the sea caused so much damage to ships that accounts of the few survivors were considered legends until the end of the 19th century.


The boats and the people on board, for whom the situation seemed hopeless in the face of the giant wave that was about to crash over them. Note, however, that these areoshiokuri-bune, small fast boats that were used to deliver fish to the markets of Edo Bay.


The Japanese text in the top left of the canvas is the author's signature " Hokusai Itsu ", and the framed name of the painting "36 views of Mount Fuji - Off Kanagawa - Under the Wave".

ATTENTION: The frame is not supplied with the canvas, so we leave 4 to 5 centimeters of margin on each edge to be able to add a frame or reinforcement.

  • Material: This reproduction is printed on high-definition waterproof canvas made from cotton and polyester. This texture and the thickness of this paper are particularly suitable for the reproduction of paintings of this kind, ensuring a high degree of fidelity to the original work.
  • Artistic movement: This painting is part of ukiyo-e, an artistic movement of 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 in this painting is Prussian blue.
  • Year of production (original): 1831
  • Painter (original): Katsushika Hokusai

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