The Great Wave of Kanagawa, Katsushika Hokusai, 1829

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This is a fantastic image, thank you for posting it!

As others have noticed this is a Japanese woodblock print done by the artist Katsushika Hokusai in roughly 1829-1830. Unfortunately the exact image posted here is a later (20th century) reproduction. You can find many other (original, and reproduction) copies of this print here:

http://ukiyo-e.org/image/met/DP141042

I find it fun to see all the differences that exist between different states of the print. Even though they’re all (generally) based on the same woodblock there is still a lot of individuality in how each print can be produced.

(And to make one thing clear: The artist, Hokusai, only created the design of the print – he did not carve the woodblock nor print it – those were done by dedicated workshops that specialized in each activity.)

I run a web site dedicated to Japanese woodblock printing – I find it to be a fascinating art form. If you find this print to be compelling I highly recommend browsing through all the prints and artists on the site, it can be quite illuminating:

http://ukiyo-e.org/

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