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.
The Amida Waterfall on the Kiso Road - From the round hollow between two steep undercut banks, the rush of water drops against the dark, rugged cliff. The name of the falls is derived from the shape of the opening through which it spills resembling the head of Buddha. An incredible view with the water dropping a huge distance to an unseen pool below. On a ledge, picnickers have spread a mat and are enjoying the view while their servant prepares a meal. Yellowish cliffs, the darkness behind the cascade looks even more mysterious and fearsome. This work is the most dramatic composition of the waterfall series, and is effective in expressing the power of nature.
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.