Wave

1895–98
(French, 1861–1944)
Support: Japanese paper
Image: 16.9 x 19.6 cm (6 5/8 x 7 11/16 in.); Sheet: 25.1 x 30.3 cm (9 7/8 x 11 15/16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Guerin v.I, no.8
Impression: artist's proof 3
Location: not on view
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This print dates from a period when Aristide Maillol used his wife, Clotilde, as his primary model.

Description

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 that 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.
Wave

Wave

1895–98

Aristide Maillol

(French, 1861–1944)
France, late 19th Century

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