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The Great Wave

「富嶽三十六景 神奈川沖浪裏」(Kanagawa oki nami ura)
Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)
Artist: Katsushika Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Primary
Date: 1830-32
19th century
Dimensions: 9.65 x 14.57 in. (24.5 x 37 cm)
Dimensions Extent: overall
Object Type: Print
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Woodblock on paper
Credit Line: Gift of James Reed, 2020.
Accession Number: TC2020.01
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Distinctive genre in painting and other media, but most prominently in woodblock printing. It arose in the Edo period (1600-1868) and built up a broad popular market among the middle classes. Subject matter typically focused on brothel districts and kabuki theatres, with formats ranging from single sheet prints to book illustrations. Generally, the style is characterized by a mixture of the realistic narrative of the Kamakura period and the mature decorative style of the Momoyama and Edo periods. Distinctive styles and specialties in subject matter were developed by different schools throughout the period.
Japanese printmaking styles
Printmaking styles belonging to Japanese cultures.
Japanese painting styles
Painting styles belonging to Japanese culture.

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