The Great Wave @ British Museum

Hokusai’s Great Wave is perhaps one of the most famous Japanese prints and one of it’s earliest impressions is currently on display at the British Museum.

The print was designed in 1831 when Hokusai was in his seventies and many thousands of copies were sold as colour woodblock prints. The Great Wave or The Great Wave off Kanagawa as it is originally called, was part of the artists series of thirty-six views of Mount Fuji and shows the wave in the foreground with Mount Fuji in the distance, incorporating European perspective. The small exhibition shows the influence Japanese prints had on the west – notably the impressionists once Japan opened its borders in 1859, and also explains the method behind woodblock printing.

This unique exhibition is definitely worth a visit and being held in just one room is the perfect lunch break treat for anyone working in the City of London.

The Great Wave is on display at the British Museum until January 8

Posted by

Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s