The Great Wave by Hokusai: Great Art Explained

The Great Wave by Hokusai: Great Art Explained

The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏), also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is an ukiyo-e print by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, published sometime between 1830 and 1833 in the late Edo period as the first print in Hokusai’s series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景).

It is Hokusai’s most famous work, and one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa, south of Tokyo.