Hokusai Great Wave Off Kanagawa

I’ve had a print of the Great Wave off Kanagawa hanging in my house for a few years now. I think we printed it from one of those random picture frame stores. I was fortunate to see one of the impressions during a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Well, the first impression was, I thought it would be larger. The second impression was trying to figure out if this was an original. After doing a little more research, the print at LACMA is one of early impressions.

Woodblock printing is exactly what it sounds like. Artists carve out their art onto wood then transfer it onto fabric or paper. The problem is that as the block degrades over time from use. The Hokusai block was used at least 5,000 times and the work displayed in LACMA is very detailed.

Katsuchika Hokusai was born in 1780. He was a ukiyo-e painter (painting on wood blocks). I’d go on but there’s always Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokusai).

Similar Articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Recent Posts


Most Popular

Super Mario Bros Wii – Mushroom Houses

I was wondering how to get all the matches in on the mushroom houses in Super Mario Bros Wii. Sure enough there are patterns...

Zipcode to City, State Excel Spreadsheet

I just decided to do this. I've been meaning to learn more about the vlookup function in Excel. I figured this one would be...

Community Service Letter Template

I’ve been asked on occasion by parents if their child can volunteer some hours in the non-profit organization I help out at. I guess...