The most famous wave

Posted on August 26, 2011

It is the iconic image of the Japanese artist Hokusai. International decisive and influential geniuses like Van Gogh or Monet, his extensive retrospective will take place in Berlin from October.

We could equate to a sort of Japanese Picasso. For his vast work and critical influences your style generates to this day, it has been said that Hokusai is not only the most famous of all time but also the first Japanese artist whose importance came to Europe.

As both prolific drawings in the art of engraving, his work came to the Old Continent in the nineteenth century and left their mark on the likes of Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Degas, Gauguin and Klimt.

Perhaps this is why more than a century and a half after his death, it gets to Europe together in a major retrospective to be held in Berlin from October (and will run until February 2012). The Martin Gropius Bau gallery will house 350 works of Hokusai, with the news that most of them will leave Japan for the first time.

Uploaded to the wave

The sample name - "Anatomy of a Wave" - merely summarize the most emblematic Hokusai drawing. Indeed, the print The Great Wave at Kanagawa-on in 1830 - became very popular between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition, postage limits of painting and came to influence literary works (Der Berg, Rainer Maria Rilke) and music (La Mer by Claude Debussy).

Closer in time, the iconic wave of Kanagawa has inspired documentaries, has been translated into clothing designers as Hanae Mori and has even appeared in video games. In sculpture, had its correlates in Tobias Stengel and Jeffery Laudenslager .

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