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KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760–1849), EDO PERIOD, 19TH CENTURY | UNDER THE WAVE OFF KANAGAWA (KANAGAWA-OKI NAMI-URA), ALSO KNOWN AS THE GREAT WAVE

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Estimate:

300,000

to
- 400,000 GBP

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760–1849), EDO PERIOD, 19TH CENTURY | UNDER THE WAVE OFF KANAGAWA (KANAGAWA-OKI NAMI-URA), ALSO KNOWN AS THE GREAT WAVE

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760–1849), EDO PERIOD, 19TH CENTURY | UNDER THE WAVE OFF KANAGAWA (KANAGAWA-OKI NAMI-URA), ALSO KNOWN AS THE GREAT WAVE

Estimate:

300,000

to
- 400,000 GBP

THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760–1849), EDO PERIOD, 19TH CENTURY

UNDER THE WAVE OFF KANAGAWA (KANAGAWA-OKI NAMI-URA), ALSO KNOWN AS THE GREAT WAVE


woodblock print: ink and colour on paper, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjûrokkei), signed Hoksai aratame Iitsu hitsu, published by Nishimura Yohachi (Eijudo), circa 1830–31 

Horizontal ôban:

24.5 x 37 cm., 9⅝ x 14½ in.

- The print has been backed. There is some slight foxing to the reverse.

- There is some small area of restoration above the crashing wave and some additional colouring in the cloud.

- There is possibly some slight retouching to the yellow boats. Slightly trimmed.

- Otherwise, good condition, impression and colour.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Recently it was convincingly suggested by Martin Bailey that van Gogh could have drawn visual inspiration from Hokusai’s print of the crushing Great Wave for the swirling of the sky in Starry Night (FIG. xx), one of his most iconic landscapes, painted during his time at the mental asylum in Saint-Rémy. In the summer of 1888 van Gogh had written passionately to his brother that “Hokusai makes you cry out the same thing — but in his case with his lines, his drawing, […] these waves are claws, the boat is caught in them, you can feel it. Ah well, if we made the colour very correct or the drawing very correct, we wouldn’t create those emotions (letter 676 to Theo van Gogh).”


The same print is in numerous museum collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 06.1283, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. JP2569, and the British Museum, accession no. 1937,0710,0.147.