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Hokusai's Great Wave, 2018, 

Acrylic on canvas, 

14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)

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Roy's drowning girl, 2018, 

Acrylic on canvas, 

14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)

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Takashi and Mr DOB, 2018, 

Acrylic on canvas, 

14" x 11" (36 x 28 cm)

#story.behind.the.art

The Great Wave off Kanagawa was created by the Japanese artist Hokusai in his series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. It is Hokusai's most famous work, and one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world.

The post is dated on Hokusai’s birthday and his quote stating « At 73 I began to understand the true construction of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes, and insects. At 90 I will enter into the secret of things. At a 110, everything--every dot, every dash--will live ». The comments are of his daughter the artist Katsuhika Oi and his friend the artist Keisai Eisen who painted Hokusai.

Lichtenstein painted Drowning Girl in 1963 inspired by both the comics "Run for Love!", illustrated by Tony Abruzzo and from the Great Wave of Kanagawa of Hokusai. Lichtenstein’s intention was to highlight that there is no high art or low art and that comics could be considered « fine art ». The comments are of the art dealer Irving Blum who was showing Lichtenstein’s work in an exhibition opening on April 1st 1963 at the Ferus Gallery in LA. Andy Warhol, another artist shown at the Ferus Gallery, makes a referral to appropriation art with the emoji based on The Scream by Edvard Munch.

Takashi Murakami created Mr DOB in the 1993 to create a contemporary icon comparable to Mickey Mouse. He painted 727 in 1996 as a tribute to Hokusai Wave and to mix traditional japanese art with contemporary art. The art dealers who supported his work early on in Europe and the USA comment ; Emmanuel Perrotin and Hudson founder of the gallery Feature Inc. 

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