by Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
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!
Hokusai Anthology of Famous Pictures by Takamizawa - In the mid-1950s, the renowned Takamizawa Publisher released a reprint series of 49 of Hokusai prints. The series focused on Hokusai’s charming, atypical designs that were less commonly seen. From nature scenes and beauties to outstanding selections from Hokusai's "100 Views of Mt. Fuji" series, these expertly carved and printed designs beautifully capture the details of the Edo era originals. Printed with the attention to detail and exquisite quality of the Takamizawa Publisher, this rare reprint series is a collector’s delight.
Kirifuri Waterfall on Mt. Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province - Fantastic depiction of the Kirifuri Waterfall on Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province. The famous falls descend about a hundred feet and are located in the mountainous Nikko area. Rivulets of water crash over the rugged cliffside, splashing into the turbulent pool below and creating a striking graphic pattern. The small figures stopping to enjoy the view are dwarfed by the majestic site. A masterwork Hokusai design from his famous waterfalls series.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 10 1/2" x 7 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at side from original publisher mounting. Please see photos for details. Good overall.