Painters Paintings Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849): The waterfall where Yoshitsune washed his horse,…
Painters Work Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849): The waterfall the place Yoshitsune washed his horse, Yoshino, Yamato Province – from the sequence Well-known Waterfalls in Varied Provinces, 1832, woodblock print . . .
This woodblock print is a touching show of the connection between man, animal and nature. The scene relies on a widely known Japanese story. In keeping with the story, the warrior Common Minamoto no Yoshitsune washed his steed at this location whereas attempting to cover from the enemy within the highlands surrounding the waterfall.
The background consists of an impressive waterfall flowing powerfully by way of a deep valley of timber and foliage, its assumed roar virtually palpable for the viewer. The 2 tiers of water resemble large fingers embracing the earth with fingers unfold open. Though the 2 small figures washing the majestic horse are positioned within the foreground, Hokusai cleverly succeeded in making the waterfall the focus of the picture by way of his use of thick, daring brushstrokes of white in opposition to the blue water. The specks of white completely typify the bubbles and agitated foam of a pure waterfall.