A Wave From The East, Wave Print - iPhone Case

From the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, A Wave from the East is all about the colourful ukiyo-e prints of Japanese genius Katsushika Hokusai, famous for his ‘Under the Wave off Kanagawa’ print, splashed in fresh blue and white among a range of our products! It’s even got an emoji! He bought Japanese culture to the global audience in the 19th century.

Fuse modern technology with our Hokusai designs from the Edo period. Perfect for adding a little art history in your life.
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Under the Wave off Kanagawa((Kanagawa-oki nami-ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei)
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760-1849)
Edo period, about 1830-1831
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Accession Number: 21.6764
© Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Size: iPhone 11

Katsushika Hokusai. Lived 1760-1849

Remembered as Hokusai, this Japanese artist was a painter for the ukiyo-e genre. This art movement involved the production of woodblock prints and paintings of landscapes, flora, fauna, female beauties and more. He created the iconic Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji including the internationally acclaimed prints of the Great Wave. This was created as a result of the Japanese boom in domestic tourism of the time. By modernising traditional print styles through innovations in subject and composition, Hokusai was among the first artists to shape, and be shaped by globalisation, being influenced by international movements.

Hokusai was incredibly creative and innovative and never stopped learning or
experimenting. He produced 30,000 paintings, sketches, prints and picture books over his lifetime. And he changed his name over 30 times, each time he achieved a new level of artistic skill. The name we know him by, Katsushika, refers to the part of Tokyo where he was born. Hokusai means ‘North Studio’ in honour of the North Star, an important Buddhist symbol. The final name on his tombstone is Gakyo Rojin Manji—‘Old Man Mad about Painting.’ He never stayed in one place long either. He hated cleaning, so every time his studio got too dirty he just moved.

Under the Wave off Kanagawa (Kanagawa-oki nami-ura), also known as the Great Wave, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei)
Edo period, about 1830-1831
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper

Under the Wave off Kanagawa has become one of the most iconic works of Japanese art, and one of the most famous in the art world. Also known at ‘The Great Wave’, Hokusai produced thousands of copies of this woodblock print in his series titled ‘Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji’.

Printed with ink and colour on 10x14 inch paper, this print shows the wave dominating the image, rather than Mount Fuji. Seen just before this menacing wave engulfs the fishing boats below, Hokusai captured the drama of this scene, giving the perspective that the mountain - Mount Fuji - may too be swallowed by the crashing wave. One for optical illusions, popular in the early 19th century, the spray from the water, also looks like snow falling onto the mountain, and this composition frames Mount Fuji.

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