View Beyond the Waves off Kanagawa, from the ‘Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji’ series


Artist By Katsushika Hokusai
Period Edo period, 19th century
Materials and techniques Woodblock, yoko-oban-size, nishiki-e
Size 24.6×35.0


This masterpiece made Hokusai famous as the “painter of waves”. The sea is roaring and the rolling waves are about to collapse any moment. Fishing boats trapped inside the waves are desperately trying to stay balanced. Mt. Fuji appearing behind the rough waves remains calm. Only Hokusai could have come up with a picture expressing nature’s energy versus man power, stillness versus dynamism in such a unique and forceful composition.

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