Monday, July 22, 2013

The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa is the most famous work by Japanese artist Hokusai, perhaps the most famous Japanese work overall. This is a woodblock print, where the image was carved out of a cherry wood plank, then ink is applied and it is pressed to paper. This image was made in the early 1830's as part of a series by Hokusai that all featured Mount Fuji, sometimes dominating the scene and others, as here, in the background. It falls into the genre of Japanese art called Ukiyo-e, or 'images of the floating world.' Here are LEGO renditions by Nathan Sawaya and Arthur Gugick.

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