Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), or The Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1760–1849 Tokyo (Edo))
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
10 x 15 in. (25.4 x 38.1 cm)
The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Not on view
The breathtaking composition of this woodblock print, said to have inspired Debussy’s La Mer (The Sea) and Rilke’s Der Berg (The Mountain), ensures its reputation as an icon of world art. Hokusai cleverly played with perspective to make Japan’s grandest mountain appear as a small triangular mound within the hollow of the cresting wave. The artist became famous for his landscapes created using a palette of indigo and imported Prussian blue.
Signature: Hokusai Aratame Iitsu 北斎改為一筆
Howard Mansfield , New York (until 1936; sold to MMA)
Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum. "Hokusai: Bridging East and West," April 18, 1998–May 17, 1998.
Tokyo. Takashimaya Art Gallery. "Hokusai: Bridging East and West," May 21, 1998–June 2, 1998.
Hagi Uragami Museum. "Hokusai: Bridging East and West," June 13, 1998–July 20, 1998.
Tokyo National Museum. "Hokusai the Immortal," October 25, 2005–December 4, 2005.
Washington, DC. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. "Hokusai: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji," March 24, 2012–June 17, 2012.