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Kirifuri Waterfall at Kurokami Mountain in Shimotsuke

£18,700.00


Item code : DUc250

Artist Hokusai Katsushika
Subject Landscapes
Series A Tour of Waterfalls in Various Provinces
Publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 25 x 35.7 cm
Date Edo (1615 - 1868)

Description

Please note that this item is currently displayed on loan at the Japanese Embassy, so preparing the delivery could take up to 5 working days.

Published in 1829-1833.

Hokusai's waterfall series is a masterpiece of his. Designed by the artist when he was in his seventies, it depicts a selection of eight waterfalls that are located all over Japan.

This print depicts Kirifuki waterfall in Kurakami mountain. It used to be located along the way to Nikko Tosho-Gu and travellers would stop by to see it on their way to shrines during the Edo period. 

Several lines and marks in different tints of blue, skilfully printed right next to each other, are used to create the impression of powerfully rushing water. The waterfall stands out against the surrounding nature, but is also a part of it. Its winding lines are reminiscent of large tree roots. 

The simplification of line, the almost illustrative quality of the image and the unusual composition are all representative of Ukiyo-e as a genre of art. These qualities, alongside with the, for the Western world, unusual subject matter have been an inspiration for other genres of art and artists world-wide. Art Nouveau and Van Gogh are famous examples thereof. 



Condition

Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent
Several small holes restored with colour along left edge. Slight rubbing in upper right corner.