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“Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” also known as "The Great Wave," by Katsushika Hokusai, about 1830–31. (MFA Boston)
“Under the Wave off Kanagawa,” also known as "The Great Wave," by Katsushika Hokusai, about 1830–31. (MFA Boston)

There’s a good chance you’ve seen "The Great Wave." The 19th century woodblock print by Japanese artist Hokusai depicts a towering blue ocean crest and it has been adored, co-opted and parodied by other artists and in ad campaigns for everything from blue jeans to beer.

"The Great Wave" is the star attraction in a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Andrea Shea from Here & Now contributor WBUR reports on the image’s enduring power.

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This segment aired on April 3, 2015.

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