Japanese Artist - Katsushika Hokusai (1790 - 1849)

The Artist of The Great Wave Off Kanagawa was Katsushika Hokusai. He was known as Hokusai. Hokusai was known for his Japanese style woodblock prints.  The Great Wave Off Kanagawa which is also known as Under the Wave of Kanagawa is one of the most famous Japanese woodblock prints ever produced.  

The Great Wave off Kanagawa woodblock print was part of a series called Thirty-Six Views.  It was published between 1829 to 1833.  

The Great Wave is considered to be a rogue wave.   It is estimated to be 10 to 12 meters high.  

The top of Mount Fuji is seen in the distance in the center of the great wave.  

The woodblock has 3 fishing boats.  These boats were considered very fast fishing boats.    Each fishing boat has eight rowers and two passengers in the front.  That is a total of about  30 people riding this great wave.  

The artist Katsushika Hokusai signed his name at the top left hand corner of the woodblock.  

The Great Wave Off Kanagawa continues to be so popular, even today, that Apple has an Emoji called the Wave inspired by this Japanese woodblock print.

Apple's Wave  Emoji 

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