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Hokusai’s Beloved ‘Great Wave’ Painting Is Now an NFT, Thanks to the British Museum

The British Museum will sell NFTs of Hokusai’s works, including The Great Wave Off Kanagawa (1831), with the help of a new French start-up, LaConnection. The sale is being done in concert with the British Museum’s exhibition of the Japanese artist’s work later this week. The idea to help cultural institutions sell NFTs came to Jean-Sébastien Beaucamps amid pandemic-related museum closures. A frequent museum-goer, Beaucamps’s background is in assisting traditional companies as they pivot for a digital age. With the rise of NFTs in 2020, he thought he might have found a way to help museums absorb this new technology. With LaConnection, “I realized that I could combine my professional passion...
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Now at the Art Institute of Chicago: Fantastic Landscapes: Hokusai and Hiroshige Exhibition

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Katsushika HokusaiWikimedia Commons. Now in exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago is the art of two of the most successful Japanese print designers of the 19th century: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Coming to prominence in a period that saw an emphasis on greater use of bright colors and an increase in popularity of landscapes, both artists have ultimately contributed to the surge in demand for Japanese prints around the world.
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Hokusai’s rarely seen painting will go on view at Freer Gallery

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai may be best known for his iconic woodblock print, “Great Wave off Kanagawa,” yet few are familiar with another work—a breathtaking painting titled “Breaking Waves”—that was created 15 years later at the height of his career. Now that rarely seen painting, the culmination of Hokusai’s lifelong effort to capture the sea, will go on view when the Freer Gallery of Art (Jefferson Drive at 12th St. S.W.) reopens Friday, July 16.
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