The Great Wave off Kanagawa, commonly known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai’s woodblock print. It was the first print of Hokusai’s series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, which was released somewhere between 1829 and 1833 in the late Edo era. While Mount Fuji looms in the backdrop, the photograph portrays a massive wave threatening three boats off the shore of Sagami Bay.
The massive force of the wave dwarfs the mountain, and the boats that bob underneath it appear condemned to perish. Because of the threat of violence, many people believe The Great Wave off Kanagawa is a tsunami. Scholars Julyan H.E Cartwright and Hisami Nakamura researched the print and what we know about waves in depth to establish that it is, in fact, a rogue wave, or, to put it another way, a diving breaker.
The style of the Great Wave off Kanagawa isn’t entirely Japanese.
Hokusai studied European works in addition to Japanese works and was notably influenced by Dutch art’s use of linear perspective. The low horizon line is his own variation on this method, while the European influence is visible in his choice of Prussian blue, a prominent hue on the continent at the period.
Where to Print
Feel free to choose your printing method, but here are a couple of ideas:
- Print on your home printer
- Email or bring files to local print store such as Staples, Target, Costco
- Upload and print online at Shutterfly.com, Snapfish.com, MPix.com
What type of paper should I use?
Our prints look good with matte paper. But they also look great on glossy paper. This is really your personal preference.
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