Instantly recognisable, Katsushika Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa is a simple yet mesmerising portrait of the powerful ocean. It’s a woodblock print that’s part of Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, a series that shows the area of Mount Fuji under various conditions. Printed somewhere between 1829 and 1832 during the Edo period, it wasn’t until Japan’s tourist boom 30 years later that Great Wave received praise from the world. It’s a piece of art that rewards again and again, and the longer you look the more you’ll see in its striking simplicity. In the composition, the great wave threatens three fishing boats, forming a circle around the centre of the design, dwarfing the mighty Mount Fuji in the background. Bring The Great Wave into your living room thanks to The V&A collection on the Art Store.