The Great Wave at Kanagawa


Dr. Reza Kibria

Editor’s Choice: A Selection of Important Works of Art

This section introduces readers to a selection of great works of art, primarily paintings of the Western World. The works chosen include some personal favourites, others which are well-known or influential in some way and yet others representative of a particular school of art. The impact of a work of art is of course many times greater when the original is seen. If possible readers should try to visit the galleries and museums housing these priceless treasures. 

 “ The Great Wave at Kanagawa ”,Katsushika Hokusai, c. 1831-33, Polychrome ink and color on paper, (copies of the woodblock print are in many collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Victoria in           other collections.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) produced a woodblock print series (Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji) that contain some of the best-known works of Japanese art. The first print represents a rogue wave (okinami) off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa with Mount Fuji in the background.  The stylized representation of the power and majesty of the ocean in vivid colors dominated by Prussian blue have inspired generations of artists and writers throughout the world.