Looking Back: Hokusai's The Great Wave

Updated 3 November 2020

A film exploring the legacy and impact of legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai’s most iconic image, The Great Wave, as seen at the British Museum in 2017.

The British Museum’s Timothy Clark zooms in on The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the iconic print that took a starring role at the museum’s 2017 blockbuster exhibition of Katsushika Hokusai’s innovative work.

Clark explores how its playful composition and hybrid nature influenced prolific artists across the globe, including Manet and Van Gogh, and gave the image a new life in the digital era, seeing it projected to viral fame in a world dominated by the internet.

Filmed at the British Museum in 2017

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