"And so the image of death. The Big Wave, curling above, toppling upon, about to engulf the fragile vessels. The one print of Hokusai's that everyone knows."
- from 24 Views
And I flung me forth at their strength, at their might of motion and sound,
Till the foam-bolts stung my brow and the foam chains ringed me around,
And the hissing ridges ran like dragons driven by gods -
Mad with the battle-cries and their unseen lashes and rods.
- from Beyond the Breakers, by George Sterling
As Zelazny observed, this is Hokuasi's most famous work (at least, outside of Japan). In searching the internet for his prints, I turned up this one at least five times as often as any other.