“The Wave” by famous Japanese artist Hokusai has been celebrated in the Monnaie de Paris celebrates the Major Masterpieces of French Museums. This is one of the most famous art pieces of the Japanese artist Hokusai, The Great Wave of Kanagawa (it’s original name) was made between 1830 and 1833. This powerful piece emphasizes a stark contrast between nature’s destructive power and man’s fragility in its design.
Today, this masterpiece has been minted into a 1/4oz gold proof coin and as far as Japanese art goes, this particular artwork “The Wave” is regarded as one of the most significant pieces of work.
The obverse side depicts three fishing boats in the middle of an enormous wave, with the Fuji volcano in the background. This artwork highlights the blinding contrast between nature’s tendency to be powerful, rough and unforgiving, and man’s fragility. The background of the coin represents the nave of the Grand Palais in Paris, which hosted some of Hokusai’s work in 2014.
The Grand Palais was built in 1897 on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It is built with a classic facade and glass roof. The Grand Palais has since become a symbol of Art Nouveau where many events, fashion shows, and fairs have been held. The inscriptions “LA VAGUE D’HOKUSAI” and “CHES D'ŒUVRE DES MUSÉES” are visible, while the year of issue “2020” displays on the upper right corner.
The reverse side is common to the Masterpieces of Museums series that showcases a variety of different views of French museums, together with the denomination “50 EURO” with the inscription "RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE".
Also in the Masterpieces of Museums collection is the Van Gogh Self Portrait 1/4oz gold proof and the Picasso Guernica 1/4oz gold proof coin.