The Wave | 神奈川沖浪裏

Nature is an integral aspect of Japanese culture and this exemplified in this iconic wood block print by the artist Hokusai.

Hokusai produced works in the Edo period a time when the national policy was focused on isolationism yet experienced economic growth.

Yet the artist was said to have been influenced by the artistic exports of China and it said to have influenced the powerful orchestral composition, La Mer, by Debussy.

Artists capture life at their present time and reflect it in their creative expressions, Hokusai was able to do so in several ways yet the one of the biggest statements made in this wood block print may have been with the depiction of the mountain.

If one were to look in the center one would see an ice capped Mt. Fuji, a great pride and joy of Japan depicted in a diminished manner, stating that even if Japan is strong, thriving and independent it is still small in the larger wave of the world.

Great artists make bold statements, some do so in overstated manner , some do so subtly.


Great Wave off Kanagawa

Kanagawa oki nami ura

Artist: Katsushika Hokusai

What do you feel when you look at this piece ?

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