|Pages/Publication Date:||216 / 2017|
Perhaps the most famous image of East Asian art in the West, The Great Wave off Kanagawa was published sometime around 1830 as the first image in the series of woodblock prints 36 Views of Mount Fuji, a masterwork by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (17601849) in the ukiyo-e style. This popular genre emphasized the connectedness of all things, and in his work Hokusai depicted every aspect of daily life. When Japan was opened to the West and these prints became available in Europe, Hokusai's clarity, compositions, and visual storytelling were a revelation to artists like Monet, Cézanne, Degas, and Van Gogh. Boasting outstanding color reproductions on nearly every page, this affordable art book is quite compact (measuring just under 7½ inches square), yet offers a surprisingly wide-ranging survey of Hokusai's work, with an introductory essay, titles, and captions in six languages.