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There are few Japanese printmakers, no matter if 19th, 20th or 21st century, who have not created at least one view of Mount Fuji, the sacred landmark of Japan. Among the woodblock prints of Mt. Fuji made in the twentieth century those by Toshi Yoshida are in my view outstanding for their beauty.
First Publication: August 2009
Latest Update: April 2013
Toshi Yoshida was the eldest son of Hiroshi Yoshida, one of the greatest woodblock printmakers of the shin hanga art movement in the first half of the twentieth century. Toshi Yoshida had inherited the talent of his father and became a great artist himself. And at the same time he had inherited the responsibility to continue the woodblock printmaking business of his father.
The Yoshida Studios founded by his father had become a rather large operation after world war II. The Yoshida family members, nearly all working as artists, employed carvers and printers and published their art works themselves.
At the same time they maintained the Hanga Academy for students who wanted to learn woodblock printmaking the Japanese way. Toshi Yoshida had trained a large number of students. Many would later become famous artists. And as Toshi Yoshida spoke an excellent English and had a great reputation as a printmaker also outside of Japan, many students from abroad, mainly Americans, were eager to learn from Toshi Yoshida like Micah Schwaberow, Carol Jessen, Sarah Brayer or Ralph Kiggell.
Toshi Yoshida died in 1995. In the market you can find woodblock prints made at lifetime of the artist or posthumous editions. It is easy to recognize what is what if you take a bit of time and read our article about Toshi Yoshida. Fortunately the Yoshida family has marked the prints by Toshi Yoshida always in an unambiguous manner.
These woodblock prints are among my personal favorites. So please do as I, love them! ... and if not, please leave this web site immediately! ;-)
This great view of Mt. Fuji is seen from Mt. Katsuragi at dusk. The print is hand-signed in pencil and dated "1983" on lower margin.
"Mt. Fuji from Ohito, Autumn". Mt. Fuji is seen from Ohito in Izu peninsular. Dated "1962". Hand-signed.
"Mt. Fuji from Nagaoka, Cloud". Japanese title is "Mt. Fuji in Winter". The print is hand-signed and dated "1962".
"Mt. Fuji from Ohito, Morning" Mt. Fuji in is seen from Ohito in Izu at dawn. Hand-signed and dated "1962".
1 object(s) by Toshi Yoshida 1911-1995 in current auction Japanese Prints - 1101
241 sold object(s) by Toshi Yoshida 1911-1995 in our Art Archive
3 signature(s) by Toshi Yoshida in our Signature Database
Author: Dieter Wanczura
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