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Under the wave off Kanagawa, c. 1831 (woodblock print)

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Under the wave off Kanagawa, c. 1831 (woodblock print)

XOS2909656 Under the wave off Kanagawa, c.1831 (woodblock print) by Hokusai, Katsushika (1760-1849); 25.4x37.5 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Japanese, out of copyright

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This woodblock print, titled "Under the wave off Kanagawa" transports viewers to a dramatic moment in time. Created by the renowned Japanese artist Hokusai in 1831, this masterpiece captures the raw power and beauty of nature. The print measures 25.4x37.5 cm and is housed at the prestigious Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In this scene, we witness Mount Fuji majestically rising above a turbulent sea. Towering waves crash against small boats caught in the midst of a tempestuous storm. The sky is filled with dark clouds, hinting at an impending downpour or perhaps even a typhoon. Hokusai's meticulous attention to detail brings every element of this artwork to life - from the frothy whitecaps on each wave to the snow-capped peak of Mount Fuji glistening against a cloudy backdrop. The composition evokes both awe and trepidation as we contemplate our insignificance compared to nature's immense power. "Under the wave off Kanagawa" has become one of Hokusai's most iconic works and remains an enduring symbol of Japanese artistry worldwide. Its influence can be seen across various mediums today, from fashion to film. As we gaze upon this print, let us marvel at Hokusai's ability to capture such fleeting moments with timeless precision and appreciate his contribution to preserving Japan's rich artistic heritage for generations to come.

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