The Great Wave – The Great Dream

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as ‘The Great Wave’ or simply ‘The Wave’, is a woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai. And my favorite painting ever.

It was published between 1829 and 1833 as the first print in Hokusai’s series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.’ It is Hokusai’s most famous work and one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world.

This painting is well-known as an example of how simplicity can become a genius one. There a lot of symbols that can help to understand the artist better. For example, Mount Fuji. Every Japanese artist pained it a lot of times but why this painting become that popular? Answer as easy as A.B.C. Everything is very important (color near the mount, snow pick and of course view).

For me, these waves are not a good frame for Mount Fuji. It’s an ART. How many emotions do you feel? I feel an explosion of emotions. These waves can be scary because sometimes they look like a tsunami, they can be breathtaking because of how big they are and can be unforgettable because of their beauty.

One day a few years ago I was at a lecture on impressionism. And of course, there were presented a lot of good paintings from the greatest artists. But when I saw these pictures, my heart just broke down into small pieces  of some incredibly deep emotions. These colors, amounts of details and feelings of the fly will never leave me from this moment.

So now I have ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawaas my favorite paintingThis Great Wave gave me a Great Dream – to see it alive in any part of our planet. I know for sure that one day I will surf this giant wave…

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