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While highly finished drawings and paintings frequently feature in histories of botanical art, the preparatory sketches, first impressions and creative thoughts on paper behind them are rarely seen and have often remained hidden and locked away.
Hokusai’s 'The Great Wave' is the most famous image in Japanese art, not to mention an iOS emoji 🌊. Take a look at the early sketches that reveal his growing mastery of nature motifs.
For the 50th anniversary of Tom Phillips’s first encounter with the novel 'A Human Document', which he transformed into 'A Humument', the artist explained his half-century-long endeavour.