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.
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.
Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo - Hokusai turns his attention to a more urban place, in Edo, at the overflow of the pond located in Aoigaoka, which leads to the top of the hill and a beautiful overlook. In this print he contrasts the beauty and majesty of nature with the tranquil life in this small enclave in Edo. Various townspeople seen on the road and two men, who clean houses, in the foreground. A lovely design.
Artist - Hokusai (1760 - 1849)
Image Size - 14 7/8" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.