The Great Wave off Kanagawa
by Katsushika Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa has been described as "possibly the most reproduced image in the history of all art" as well as being a contender for the "most famous artwork in Japanese history". This woodblock print has influenced several notable artists and musicians, including Vincent van Gogh, Claude Debussy, Claude Monet, and Utagawa Hiroshige.
Katsushika Hokusai was born in Katsushika, Japan, in 1760 in a district east of Edo. He was the son of a shogun mirrormaker, and at the age of 14, he was named Tokitarō. As Hokusai was never recognised as an heir, it is likely his mother was a concubine.
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