The Great Wave Bookmark

The Great Wave Bookmark

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Katsushika Hokusai, 'under the wave, off Kanagawa' Kanagawa Oki Nami-Ura, a colour woodblock print japan Edo period, about ad 1829-33. This is perhaps the single most famous of Hokusai's woodblock prints perhaps of all Japanese prints.  Such clever, playful manipulation of the composition is a feature on many of Hokusai's works. This monumental series was the first to exploit the new chemical berlin blue pigment, which had recently become cheaply available from China. It provided Hokusai with a strong blue for both sky and water and had the added advantage that it did not fade.

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