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Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa oki nami ura), also known as The Great Wave  1833

by Katsushika Hokusai

The breathtaking composition of this woodblock print, said to have inspired Debussy’s La Mer (The Sea) and Rilke’s Der Berg (The Mountain), ensures its reputation as an icon of world art. Hokusai cleverly played with perspective to make Japan’s grandest mountain appear as a small triangular mound within the hollow of the cresting wave. The artist became famous for his land...
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Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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