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Great Wave Tsunami in Asian Art


Due to the devastation in 2004 by the tsunami in South Asia, and the tsunami in 2011 in Japan, I will focus on a woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai.

Only a year ago, most of us didn't know what a tsunami was, let alone, how to pronounce it. Today it's become part of our daily vernacular.

From the Japanes artist, Katsushika Hokusai, come his series, "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji," 1823-1829, and the amazing woodblock print, "The Great Wave Off Kanagawa." This colorful print can be found in the permanent collection of Asian Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The scene is of the great wave, about to devour the men and boats, with the distant Mount Fuji, minimized by the size of the wave. It is said to be a snapshot picture of a day of labor; the men on barges, carrying fish. Hokusai brings to life the dreaded and all too real event that occurred in South Asia. One can only imagine the devastation and toll to lives and property. Through the magic of art, we too are transported to this distant land and the scene of the tsunami.

You can own a giclee print of "The Great Wave" available here from Allposters.com.
I have had a framed poster of Hokusai's artwork on my wall for a number of years and I still enjoy it. The landscape theme is universal and timeless.

The Great Wave of Kanagawa, from the Series "36 Views of Mt. Fuji" ("Fugaku Sanjuokkei")



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