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    Sale 7622

    Japanese Art and Design

    11 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 51

    Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

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    Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
    Kisoji no oku, Amida ga taki [Amida Waterfall on the Kiso Road] from the series Shokoku taki meguri [A Journey to the Waterfalls of all the Provinces], signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, published by Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudo), red kiwame seal, very good impression and colour, horizontal centrefold
    Oban tate-e


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    A close-up view of the falls as the water plunges through a dark narrow and mysterious ravine, while the overwhelming majesty of the scene is underscored and enhanced by the diminutive figures of the two sightseers seated on an outcrop while their servant prepares a meal; the strange circular gap in the cliffs was thought to resemble the head of Buddha, and the site was consequently known as the Amida Waterfall. The dramatic qualities of the design are enhanced by the sudden and unexpected way that Hokusai, recognising the physical limitations of the size of an oban print, has cut off the lower half of the crashing water in full flow and left the viewer to imagine its continuing descent.

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