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The influence of The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai

Hokusai is probably the most famous Japanese artist around the world, especially for his print The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It was published between 1829 and 1833 in the late Edo period as the first print in Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

His work influenced his contemporaries, Impressionists and still does influence artists to this day.

I have listed below some examples of artworks that were born under the influence of the big wave with works by Hiroshige, Camille Claudel, Van Gogh or Roy Lichtenstein.


Monk Nichiren Calming the Stormy Sea by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (c. 1835)

The Sea off Satta in Suruga Province by Hiroshige (1858)

The Wave Gustave Courbet (1869)

Starry Night, Vincent Van Gogh, (1889)

The Wave Camille Claudel (1897)

Drowning girl Roy Lichtenstein (1963)

727, Takashi Murakami (1996)

Pejac Street Art - Reinterpreting Hokusai, Tokyo (2015)


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