Hokusai (1760 - 1849) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Kiyo Waterfall by the Kannon Shrine at Sakanoshita, Tokaido Road
Series; A Tour of Japanese Waterfalls
Hokusai’s Waterfall Prints - Hokusai's waterfall series was a set of eight oban prints published by the same publisher of his "Thirty-six views of Fuji" series, Eijudo. The human figures are always dwarfed by the fantastic scale of the waterfalls. Hokusai expanded on one of his favorite themes with the waterfall series - a contrasting of the mass and majesty of nature with the small, fragile human form. This theme was often a theme for the "Thirty-six views of Fuji" series. However, in the waterfall series, as opposed to the still and immobile Fuji, the waterfalls crash and roar, crawling over rocks and falling through the air, Hokusai perfectly captures the experience of a large waterfall for the viewer. The designs for the waterfall series are, without question, Hokusai masterworks. Reprints of this incredible series are quite rare, so don't miss this opportunity to bid now!
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Kiyo Waterfall by the Kannon Shrine at Sakanoshita, Tokaido Road - Pouring from an opening at top center, a thin stream releases its water in vein-like cascades. In the right half a steep path by the waterfall goes up to the cave shrine dedicated to Kannon, a benevolent and much loved Buddhist deity. Travelers are making a difficult to climb to the shrine. Hokusai focuses on both the waterfall and the Kannon cave shrine and its pilgrims. A wonderful composition. A rare waterfall reprint.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 14 7/8" x 10 1/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.