Catch the Wave! August 12 2014
Growing ever more recognized and popular around the world (you might even find it in your cellphone's emoji collection), "The Great Wave" is the most famous print created by Hokusai. In the artwork, a huge wave with menacing, claw-like fingers threatens to engulf elegant boats full of straining rowers, while the iconic Mount Fuji stands vigil in the background (in fact, the print is from a series known as "Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji").
The print is alive with captured tension and power, and the beauty of the artist's stylized scenery has inspired many people to explore the beautiful world of Japanese print-making more deeply. For an introduction to the Japanese Edo period art of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, check out this Wikipedia article.