'Great Wave' Takes Shape At Museum of Fine Arts Boston With Hokusai Exhibit

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The "Great Wave" is making a splash in Boston at the Museum of Fine Arts for an exhibit opening in late March that pays homage to Katsushika Hokusai, a legendary Japanese artist that became one of the most famous and influential of all time.

WBZ's Carl Stevens got to take a preview of the "Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence" exhibit that opens on Sunday and stays that way until mid July. Exhibit curator Sarah Thompson says it's not all about Hokusai, but as the name suggests, there's a spotlight on the artists that were inspired by the famous "Great Wave," otherwise known as "Under the Wave off Kanagawa."

"That one design in particular for some reason has caught the imagination of people around the world, and continues to do so today," Thompson said.

Thompson says Hokusai was in his seventies when he came up with the wooden block print. More than 100 of Hokusai's works will be on display.

WBZ's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports.

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