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"
Shan Fan（Chinese, b.1959）
ink on paper
Ren Xiong (1820 - 1857)
Ten-thousand Autumn Trees, c1856.