SIA: The Great Wave

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It’s Salazar’s turn to curate, and she chose the iconic Japanese woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as The Great Wave or The Wave), by Japanese artist Hokusai. It was published between 1830 and 1833, the first print in Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai, 1830-1833

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai, 1830-1833

Salazar recently came across the iconic print in a book titled A History of the World in 100 Objects (a really great book — I bought it for my last library!), and here’s an excerpt about the use of blue in The Great Wave:

[I]t is the deep, rich blue that dominates – and startles. For this is not a Japanese blue – it is Prussian blue or Berlin blue, a synthetic dye invented in Germany in the early eighteenth century and much less prone to fading than traditional blues. Prussian blue was imported either directly by Dutch traders or, more probably, via China, where it was being manufactured from the 1820s. The blueness of the Great Wave shows us Japan taking from Europe what it wants to take, and with absolute confidence.

This is such a stunning piece! And I already have an idea for my outfit and backdrop… I think I’ll be headed back down to the waterfront soon! Deadline to participate in this SIA challenge is next Monday, September 5. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork and send to this week’s curator, Salazar at She’ll post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.


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