Toshi Yoshida – Iidabashi Village

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MLS2020072

Additional information

Artist

Yoshida, Toshi

Condition

(A) Very Fine Condition

Date

1910s-1930s

Movement

Shin-hanga

Size

Koban (6.75"x9")

Subjects

Boats, River / Lake / Ocean

Beautiful view from the Iidabashi or Iida Bridge of boats along the river in the early morning. A willow tree frames the scene at right and buildings line the opposite embankment. At left, a man climbs a steep wooden plank from his boat up to a warehouse above. Wonderful handling of the reflections on the water, the village still shadowed in soft grays and pale blue violets as a golden hazy light fills the sky. A lovely print from early in Toshi Yoshida’s career.

The Woodblock Print

The woodblock is in very good condition with fully intact margins and press edges to the paper, all toning relegated to the far margins of the woodblock. Nice subtle coloring throughout, solid lines and registry. Minor tape residue on the verso.

About the Artist

Toshi Yoshida (吉田 遠志, July 25, 1911 – July 1, 1995) was a Japanese artist known for his mastery of the traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking technique of moku-hanga. Born in Tokyo, Toshi was the son of the famous woodblock print artist Hiroshi Yoshida. He began studying art at an early age and quickly developed his skills as a printmaker.

Toshi’s work was characterized by its attention to detail and its use of vivid, bold colors. He often depicted natural landscapes and scenes of everyday life, and his prints were highly sought after by collectors around the world.

In addition to his printmaking, Toshi was also a skilled painter and illustrator. He worked on a number of book projects, including a series of children’s books that he both wrote and illustrated.

Toshi’s influence on Japanese art and culture can still be felt today. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. His prints are highly prized by collectors and are considered to be some of the finest examples of modern Japanese printmaking.

Toshi also made significant contributions to the art of printmaking through his teaching and mentorship of young artists. He established a printmaking school in Tokyo and taught many aspiring printmakers the traditional techniques of moku-hanga.

Throughout his career, Toshi remained dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional Japanese art. He was honored with numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the art world, including the Order of the Rising Sun, one of Japan’s highest civilian honors.

Sources:

  • “Toshi Yoshida: A Retrospective” by Barry Till, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1999)
  • “Toshi Yoshida: The Complete Works” by Toshi Yoshida, Abe Publishing (2005)
  • “Toshi Yoshida: The Artist and His Work” by James Michener, Charles E. Tuttle Company (1968)