Octopus is the largest genus of octopuses, comprising more than 100 species. These species are widespread throughout the world’s oceans. Many species formerly placed in the genus Octopus are now assigned to other genera within the family Octopodidae.
The word is derived from the Greek number eight, “octo” (οχτώ) and “pous, podos” (πούς, ποδός) which means feet.
The picture below is part of the iconic series Eschatology.
In the contexte of the project Eschatology the link with Tako to ama is evident. Tako to ama, The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (蛸と海女 Tako to ama, Octopus(es) and shell diver), also known as Girl Diver and Octopuses, Diver and Two Octopuses, etc., is a woodblock-printed design by the Japanese artist Hokusai. It is included in Kinoe no Komatsu (English: Young Pines), a three-volume book of shunga erotica first published in 1814, and has become Hokusai’s most famous shunga design. Playing with themes popular in Japanese art, it depicts a young ama diver entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses.
The picture Octopus has also been published in the EyeEm magazine special edition Nackt 2017 (print version).
The book was printed in a limited edition of 200 and comes with an original print 15×22 cm on Luster HD 248 g. Both, the book and the print, are signed by Matthias.