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1951 Japanese Woodblock Listed Toshi Yoshida b1911 "Morinji in Spring" - $175 (Woodland Hills)

1951 Japanese Woodblock Listed Toshi Yoshida b1911 "Morinji in Spring" - $175 (Woodland Hills)

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Overview: Up for sale is this stunning Japanese woodblock by famed shin hanga artist, Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995). Yoshida is the son of Hiroshi Yoshida, theforefather of the shin hanga printing movement in the 1920's -1960's. This woodblock print is the well known "Morinji in Spring," and depcits a beautiful sunset scene of Morin-ji, just north of Tokyo. This was originally printed in 1951. This looks to be a somewhat later printing, though I am not sure of the exact date. It is a spectacular print, showing off some of Toshi's more traditional work inspired by his father. Toshi Yoshida is well-listed, with records up to $8,000. I've included Yoshida's biography from Wikipedia below:

Tōshi Yoshida (吉田 遠志 Yoshida Tōshi, July 25, 1911 -- July 1, 1995), was a Japanese printmaking artist associated with the sosaku-hange movement, and son of shin-hanga artist Hiroshi Yoshida.

One of Yoshida's legs was paralysed during his early childhood. Not being able to attend school, he enjoyed watching animals and his father's printmaking workshop. Encouraged by his grandmother Rui Yoshida, Tōshi often sketched animals.
Early artistic development

Yoshida's artistic career was a long struggle between fidelity to his father's legacy and freedom from it. Hiroshi Yoshida, a shin-hanga landscape artist, dictated Tōshi's early artistic development. In 1926, Tōshi chose animals as his primary subjects to distinguish himself from his father, who was a landscape printmaker. However, in the 1930s, Tōshi started making landscape paintings and prints similar to his father's works. Father and son traveled together and even painted side by side. From 1930 to 1931, Hiroshi and Tōshi traveled to India, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Calcutta and Burma.

In 1940 he married Kiso Yoshida (née Katsura) and they soon had five sons.

Yoshida's adult career began under adverse circumstances. Yoshida was still an apprentice in the Yoshida family system. He had little, if any, artistic autonomy from his father. 1936 was the beginning of military dictatorship, under which art was under censorship. In 1943, Yoshida produced oil paintings that depict factory workers and civilians engaging in war production. After the war, because of economic hardship, Yoshida published seventeen landscape works in 1951 for American personnel and their wives.
Postwar turn to abstract expressionism

The death of his father in 1950 marked Tōshi's total break from his past and from naturalism. In 1952, Yoshida began a series of abstract woodcuts, influenced by his brother, Hodaka Yoshida. In 1953, Tōshi traveled to the United States, Mexico, London, and the Near East. He made presentations in thirty museums and galleries in eighteen states. From 1954 to 1973, Yoshida made three hundred nonobjective prints.
Animal prints and Africa
In 1971, Yoshida returned to his innate affinity for animals and focused on birds and animals again. His Humming Bird and Fuchsia in 1971 was a prelude to the African works that he began the following year. From 1971 to 1994, until the last years of his life, Tōshi worked almost exclusively on animal prints. Tōshi was also a children's book illustrator. He wrote his own short stories and made illustrations in the Animal Picture Book series.

Condition: Print is in very good to excellent condition. It shows really strong colors and good bleed-through. It is slightly rumpled, but I believe this would not be an issue once matted and framed. Please see the photos. I'm happy to answer any particular questions about condition or provide additional photos.

Measurements: Print measures approximately 15.875 inches wide x 10.75 inches high.

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Last Updated on: January 23, 2018
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