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Support: Japanese paper
Sheet: 25.1 x 30.3 cm (9 7/8 x 11 15/16 in.); Image: 16.9 x 19.6 cm (6 5/8 x 7 11/16 in.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1997.5
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Catalogue raisonné: Guerin v.I, no.8
Impression: artist's proof 3
The color woodcuts of Katsushika Hokusai were highly esteemed. One of his most famous prints, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1823-31), is a striking image of an enormous cresting wave. Maillol exploited the curling water motif to achieve an energetic linear design which surrounds and cushions the nude woman but also creates a lively contrast to the large, flat white shape of her body. A precursor to Maillol's future work as a sculptor, Wave reveals the artist's interest in conveying the sensual curves of the female form.
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