Circa early 1830's An oban aizuri-e, of Kanagawa oki nami-ura (Under the Wave off Kanagawa) from the series Fugaku sanju rokkei (The Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji), depicting a seascape as Fuji is glimpsed through the trough of a great wave that is about to engulf three boats with frightened fishermen, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi, signed Hokusai aratame Iitsu hitsu. 25.5cm x 37.3cm (10 1/8in x 14 5/8in).
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In late 19th century, Japanese prints were exported in large quantities to Europe and America and created a craze called Japaonism, influencing the fine and decorative arts. The Impressionist artists such as Degas (1834-1917) Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Monet (1840-1926) were among those whose works were significantly inspired by their colour, composition, flatness and subject-matter; Hokusai's 'great wave' is the most famous of them all and one of the few prints universally admired in both Eastern and Western worlds.