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Katsushika Hokusai  (1760-1849) - The great wave off Kanagawa

The sea dominates the composition as an extending wave about to break. In the moment captured in this image, the wave forms a circle around the center of the design, framing Mount Fuji in the background.

Edmond de Goncourt described the wave in this way:

"The drawing of the wave is a deification of the sea made by a painter who lived with the religious terror of the overwhelming ocean completely surrounding his country; He is impressed by the sudden fury of the ocean’s leap toward the sky, by the deep blue of the inner side of the curve, by the splash of its claw-like crest as it sprays forth droplets"

(from Wikipedia)

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)

Evening Snow, Edo River (1932)


Shan Fan(Chinese, b.1959)

Bambus    2006/2007

ink on paper



Ren Xiong (1820 - 1857)

Ten-thousand Autumn Treesc1856.