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Hokusai's Great Wave
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Hokusai's Great Wave: Biography of a Global Icon

Christine M. E. Guth


No non-western artwork has been reproduced so widely or undergone so many reconfigurations in so many parts of the world as Hokusai’s “Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” commonly known as “The Great Wave.” Not only is it instantly recognizable, but familiarity with it has contributed to the way many people visualize waves today. Despite its iconic stature, however, historians have not explored its temporal and spatial migrations from Japan to distant parts of the world. This study examines the woodblock print, originally titled “Kanagawa oki no namiura” through its many articulations, arguing that ... More

Keywords: Hokusai, Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji “The Great Wave;”, “Under the Wave off Kanagawa;”, global icon, tsunami, globalization, hybridity, Japonisme

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824839598
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824839598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine M. E. Guth, author
Royal College of Art