Roben Waterfall bursts from the cliffside, crashing into the pool below. In the spray of the falls, pilgrims purify themselves on the way to Oyama shrine. Hokusai’s series Views of Waterfalls in Various Provinces, captures the spirit of each waterfall in strong vertical composition, balancing the power of nature and the nature of man. The human figures are small beneath the cascades, connecting these marvels of nature with the human rituals that surround them. In this print, Hokusai makes ample use of Prussian blue to lend depth to the falls, while capturing pilgrims in various stages of bathing. Considered one of Hokusai’s monumental series, Waterfalls numbers only eight designs and it is thought to have taken over two years to complete.
Other impressions of this print can be found in numerous collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, British Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, Edo Tokyo Museum, Library of Congress, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts.