A Moment in Art History Video: The Great Wave off Kanagawa – How Much Influence Can a Simple Woodblock Print have on World Culture?

Today we’ll be looking at The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Japanese woodblock print artist Hokusai. The piece started showing up all over the world in the late 19th century, and it has become a major cultural icon since then.

Artwork in the background on this video:

Ink and watercolors on ricepaper by Karen Jensen: https://pinetop.xanadugallery.com/collections/karen-kurka-jensen

Memory Horse by John Stebila: https://pinetop.xanadugallery.com/collections/john-stebila

Landscape with Canoe by Lucy Dickens: https://pinetop.xanadugallery.com/collections/lucy-dickens

About the Author: Jason Horejs

Jason Horejs is the Owner of Xanadu Gallery, author of best selling books "Starving" to Successful & How to Sell Art , publisher of reddotblog.com, and founder of the Art Business Academy. Jason has helped thousands of artists prepare themselves to more effectively market their work, build relationships with galleries and collectors, and turn their artistic passion into a viable business.


  1. Love your art history presentations!!! Can’t wait to see your gallery in person sometime soon!!!

  2. I did see a print of this at a show in San Francisco. It’s one of my favorite woodcuts. I have the tee-shirt and socks and notebook. The balance of calm and drama is amazing.

  3. Thanks Jason. I have seen this at the Met, NY. Also saw an absolutely wonderful exhibition at NY’s Japan Society of Hasegawa Tohaku and his beautiful gold screens. It was the first time ever that his works were shown outside of Japan. Highly recommend it if you can see the tremendous work by this 16th century artist.

  4. I love this artist. The calendar in my kitchen is of his artwork, so I can see a new image every month, and I also have a vintage bottle (with Sake inside) of Kikukawasake, with this image on one side and a different one on the other. And I hadn’t realized this inspired Art Nouveau, which I also love….Thank you for sharing.

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