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The wave rose high


Part of The Gallery street art in Glasgow  –  photo November 2017

The Gallery is the work of street artist Sam Bates, aka Smug. He covered a giant wall space in Glasgow with his own interpretation of a number of famous pieces of art.  Hokusai’s Great Wave is one of the best know classic pieces of art around the world, so no surprise that Smug included it in his street Gallery.

Hokusai’s work influenced many artists and writers, and has become a popular subject for street art around the world. The BBC featured several versions in an interesting article in August 2017, and here are a couple more that I have spotted on my travels:


There is also a theory that the Great Wave inspired Van Gogh in his Starry Night – do you see the rising, curving wave in Van Gogh’s stormy sky?

Could it have been influenced by Hokusai?





Copyright Debbie Smyth, 30 January 2019

Posted as part of Tuesday Photo Challenge

22 replies »

  1. I thought I recognized the wave, then spotted the Dali watch there too. Very interesting Debbie, and Van Gogh could have been influenced by the wave too for sure.
    Thanks for contributing.

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