|Title||The Great Wave in the series "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji"|
9 3/4 x 14 1/2 (image)
10 1/8 x 14 3/4 (support)
|Credit line||Gift of Anna Heyward Taylor|
From Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, this is perhaps one of the most recognizable of his works. Mt. Fuji is dwarfed by a giant ocean wave that threatens to consume it, and boats with crouching men are caught in the storm.
The provenance of the Japanese print collection is closely tied to the city of Charleston and is indicative of this port city's long fascination with objects from the Far East. This collection played a direct role in the artistic development of the Charleston Renaissance period, whose artists found inspiration in the dynamic compositions and bold color schemes of the wood-block prints. Evolving from its use as book illustrations, the single sheet wood-block print reached its zenith as an art form during Japan's Edo Period (1615-1868). Called ukiyo-e or "pictures of the floating world," the wood-block print was considered a popular art form, created solely for temporary pleasure and mass consumption.