Yoshida, Hiroshi
Hiroshi Yoshida (September 19, 1876 - April 5, 1950) was a 20th century Japanese painter and woodblock print maker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin hanga style, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape prints. Yoshida travelled widely, and was particularly known for his images of non-Japanese subjects done in traditional Japanese woodblock style, including the Taj Mahal, the Swiss Alps, the Grand Canyon, and other National Parks in the USA.

Hiroshi Yoshida (born Hiroshi Ueda) was born in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, in Kyushu, on September 19, 1876. He showed an early aptitude for art fostered by his adoptive father, a teacher of painting in the public schools. At age 19 he was sent to Kyoto to study under Tamura Shoryu, a well known teacher of western style painting. He then studied under Koyama Shotaro, in Tokyo, for another three years.

In 1899, Yoshida had his first American exhibition at Detroit Museum of Art (now Detroit Institute of Art). He then traveled to Boston, Washington, D.C., Providence and Europe. In 1920, Yoshida presented his first woodcut at the Watanabe Print Workshop, organized by Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), publisher and advocate of the shin-hanga movement. However, Yoshida's collaboration with Watanabe was short partly due to the Great Kanto earthquake on September 1, 1923.

In 1925, he hired a group of professional carvers and printers, and established his own studio. Prints were made under his close supervision. Yoshida combined the ukiyo-e collaborative system with the sosaku-hanga principle of "artist's prints", and formed the third school, separating himself from the shin-hanga and sosaku-hanga movement.

Hiroshi Yoshida was trained in the Western oil painting tradition, which was adopted in Japan during the Meiji period. Yoshida often used same blocks and varied the colour to suggest different mood. The best example of such is Sailing Boats in 1921. Yoshida's extensive travel and acquaintance with Americans influenced his art considerably. In 1931, a series of prints depicting scenes from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Singapore were published. Six of these were views of the Taj Mahal in different moods and colours. Source: Wikipedia

Woodblock prints

Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: Kameido Bridge
Series: 12 Scenes of Tokyo
Date: 1927
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Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: Sarusawa Pond
Date: 1933
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Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: Ikenohata
Date: 1937
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Watercolours, oil paintings, and scrolls

Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: Sunrise from the Summit of Mt Fuji
Series: Climbing Mt Fuji
Date: 1920s/30s

Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: A View of Mt Fuji
Series: Climbing Mt Fuji
Date: 1920s/30s

Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: The Ascent
Series: Climbing Mt Fuji
Date: 1920s/30s

Artist: Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)
Title: Set details
Series: Climbing Mt Fuji
Date: 1920s/30s


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