Katsushika Hokusai, Horse-Washing Falls

Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849

A Journey to the Waterfalls in All the Provinces: Horse-Washing Falls
(Shokoku Taki Meguri: Washu Yoshino Yoshitsune uma arai no taki)

two men wash their horse in the falls at Yoshino in Yamato Province (present day Nara prefecture); signed zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, with censor's seal kiwame, publisher's seal Eijudo (Nishimuraya Yohachi), ca. 1832

oban tate-e 14 1/4 by 9 3/8 in. (36.1 by 23.7 cm)

A more complete translation of this print title is Yoshino Waterfall, Where Yoshitsune Washed his Horse, which is often shortened to 'Horse Washing Falls.' According to legend, the famous general, Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-89) stopped at this waterfall to wash his horse during one of his campaigns. Hokusai alludes to this legend, but instead of a great warrior, two commoners attend to the duty of horse-washing.

References:
Matthi Forrer with texts by Edmond de Goncourt, Hokusai, 1988, p. 268, no. 305
Richard Lane, Hokusai: Life and Work, 1989, p. 205
Matthi Forrer, Hokusai: Prints and Drawings, 1991, no. 46
Seiji Nagata, Hokusai: Genius of the Japanese Ukiyo-e, 1995, p. 47, no. 45
Gian Carlo Calza, Hokusai: Il vecchio pazzo per la pittura, 1999, p. 345, no. V48.7
Giani Carlo Calza, Hokusai, 2003, p. 331, v.48.7

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