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'The Great Wave' by Hokusai

'The Great Wave'
by Hokusai

BBC Two
transmitted 17th April 2004

Perhaps the most celebrated of all Japanese pictures, the Great Wave's portrayal of a huge wave about to overwhelm three boats was only produced by Hokusai when he was old and broke and needed money badly. A print that cost little more than bowl of noodles to those who first bought it, the image has been hugely influential on later art.

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