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Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: The Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa

Katsushika HokusaiEdo period, 19th century

Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo National Museum

Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji is a series of 46 prints depicting various features of Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. In this print, indigo blue, a very popular color at the time, was used for the main outlines to produce a sharp effect. The giant wave with its crest reaching over to Mount Fuji lends the work great depth and creates a sense of drama.

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  • Title: Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji: The Great Wave Off the Coast of Kanagawa
  • Creator: Katsushika Hokusai
  • Date Created: Edo period, 19th century
  • Object Title: 冨嶽三十六景・神奈川沖浪裏
  • Object Notes(Japanese): 「冨嶽三十六景」は、富士山をテーマとした46枚揃のシリーズ。藍は当時流行の色で、この図は、主版も藍で摺られシャープな印象がもたらされている。大波が触手を伸ばしてせり上がる富士へと続く奥行き深い空間に、自然が人間のドラマのように描かれている。
  • Object Date: 江戸時代・19世紀
  • Medium(Japanese): 横大判 錦絵
  • Artist Name: 葛飾北斎
  • Type: Painting

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