Toshi Yoshida – Dance of Eternal Love

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Artist

Yoshida, Toshi

Condition

(A+) Excellent Condition

Date

1980s+

Edition

Posthumous

Movement

Shin-hanga

Publisher

Yoshida Family Studio

Size

Large Oban (11.5"x17")

Subjects

Birds / Beasts, Snow

“Dance of Eternal Love” is one of Yoshida’s last prints, made in 1994, about one year before his death in 1995. Being a double-oban sized print, its size and level of detail are impressive. While this print may not have the same high number of impressions present in some of his other designs, he expertly created depth in the scene with the countless snowflakes, the dancing cranes, and the forest that fades into the background. The large snowflakes, especially towards the bottom of white-on-white, are all embossed, lending an extra level of depth to the production. The red-crowned crane, also called Japanese crane is a large East Asian crane among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity.

This print is block-signed in the lower margin, a later printing with the printer’s stamp “Shinkichi Numabe” on verso as shown.

The Woodblock Print

This large-oban-sized (33cm by 45cm) woodblock is in excellent condition with fully intact margins and edges to the paper. Beautiful coloring throughout, solid lines and registry. Clean margins and a clean verso. Rich whites and extensive embossing.

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)