Waterfall in the Cascades

Artist: Takashima Hokkai 高島北海 (1850-1931)
Historical period(s)
Meiji era, early 20th century
Ink and colors on silk
H x W: 216.6 x 64.8 cm (85 1/4 x 25 1/2 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Toyosaburo Taniguchi
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Hanging scroll

Japan, kakemono, Meiji era (1868 - 1912), waterfall

To 1976
Taniguchi Toyosaburo of Osaka, Japan, to 1976

From 1976
Freer Gallery of Art, given by Taniguchi Toyosaburo in 1976 [1]


[1] Collector Taniguchi Toyosaburo of Osaka, Japan, presented 95 paintings that had long been in his collection to the Freer Gallery of Art in 1976. Mr. Taniguchi's intention to give this collection to the Freer Gallery of Art was widely publicized in Japan, through an exhibition and catalogue published by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Japan Economic News), prior to the departure of the paintings for the U.S. (see Curatorial Note 4, Ann Yonemura, February 6, 1997, in the object record). Also, see extensive correspondence in the object file regarding this gift; note that FSC-PA-38 is now F1997.2 (according to Curatorial Note 3, Elizabeth Duley, July 8, 1997, in the object record).

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mr. Toyosaburo Taniguchi


Takashima Hokkai was a professional forester who studied painting and gained a national reputation as a painter in Japan. Through his travels in Europe and North America, he also became well known abroad, especially in France. Hokkai's painting style shows considerable expressive range-from delicate, finely detailed compositions to energetic, expressionistic works with a somewhat abstract quality. Here he employs broad, dynamic brushstrokes to reflect his impression of the steep, rocky landscapes of the Cascade mountains in the northwestern United States and Canada.

This painting comes from a group of 95 from an original series of 100 landscapes produced by Hokkai in 1906. Collector Taniguchi Toyosaburo of Osaka, Japan, presented the 95 paintings from his collection to the Freer Gallery of Art in 1976, as a gesture of goodwill to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
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