The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa


Reading Public Museum

Reading Public Museum
Reading, United States

This iconic composition comes from the golden age of Japanese woodblock printmaking. Hokusai manages, through the clever and dramatic manipulation of space, to dwarf Japan's snow-capped Mt. Fuji with the enormous wave, which is about to crash down in the foreground.


  • Title: The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa
  • Creator: Katsushika Hokusai
  • Date created: 1831
  • Physical Dimensions: 10"h x 14"w
  • Type: work on paper
  • Medium: woodblock print
  • Culture: Japanese
  • Credit Line: Museum Purchase
  • Creator Death Date: 1849
  • Creator Birth Date: 1760

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