A peaceful prewar scene of Shinjuku with Japanese in traditional attire visiting shops and restaurants. The array of glowing lanterns and bustling storefronts is most evocative of this specific time and place. Although there are many posthumous editions of this design, including some printed very recently, this one is pencil-signed by the artist, so it is an early, lifetime edition.
The Woodblock Print
This chuban-sized woodblock is in excellent condition. Beautiful, unfaded color, only slight toning lines in the margins. Full margins, a mostly clean verso with the remnants of archival hinges at the top. Pencil signed (you can confirm by seeing the top of the signature encroach into the print area).
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.
- “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)