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Artist: Katsushika Hokusai
Title: Yoro Waterfall in Mino Province, from the series "A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces

Date: 1833, this Showa era edition published by Adachi printed from recut blocks
Size: oban, 15.25" x 10.25"
Condition: VG, no flaws of note
Impression: Fine, tight registration and solid key lines
Color: Fine, strong, excellent color and bleed through to verso
In 1833, as Hokusai completed the designs for his most famous work, the Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, he approached the new topic of depicting water, in the legendary series known as A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces. In the Shinto religion of Japan, nature gods and spirits (called kami) inhabit trees, rocks, mountains, and waterfalls. In his waterfall series, Hokusai portrayed each waterfall differently, emphasizing the unique features of each site. He was the first Japanese woodblock print artist to focus on water as a design, and here we see the genius of his visual imagination. Although the Mt. Fuji series is better known, the Waterfalls series is considered Hokusai’s finest work in series form: each of the eight waterfall views is a masterpiece, and together they form an integrated whole greater than the sum of its parts.