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.)
Dudley P. Allen Fund 1997.5
Catalogue raisonné: Guerin v.I, no.8
Impression: artist's proof 3
This print dates from a period when Aristide Maillol used his wife, Clotilde, as his primary model.
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.
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