Evolution of Hokusai's "Great Wave".— tkasasagi (@tkasasagi) September 26, 2018
1. When he was 33 (1792).
2. When he was 44 (1803).
3. When he was 46 (1805).
4. When he was 72 (1831). pic.twitter.com/hUXkjNjGxh
You've seen the iconic artwork everywhere, The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai. It is both simple and intricate, colorful and calming, and infinitely meme-able. Hokusai created the woodblock print when he was 72 years old, after drawing sea waves for half his life, although he also illustrated many other subjects. Japanese literature PhD tkasasagi shows us Hokusai's other waves, and how they evolved through his career.
Springtime in Enoshima 1792
View of Honmoku off Kanagawa 1803
First Cargo Boat Battling the Waves 1805
The Great Wave off Kanagawa 1831