冨嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏 Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as 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
9 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. (25.1 x 37.8 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
The clawlike structure of the enormous wave that threatens to crash down upon the three fishing boats conjures up images of mythical dragons and other dangerous beasts. The drama of the print is enhanced by the placement of Fuji in the hollow of the wave's angry crest. Like the helpless boats, Fuji too appears on the verge of obliteration.
Signature: Hokusai aratame Iitsu fude
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Hokusai: The Great Master of Arts," October 26, 1991–November 24, 1991.