Original Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995) Japanese Woodblock Print
Buncho (Java Sparrow), 1927
Toshi Yoshida - Toshi Yoshida was the son of Hiroshi Yoshida, one of the most famous woodblock print artists of the 20th century. He followed the family tradition, and centuries old Japanese craft, of woodblock printmaking adopting and developing his signature style. His close relationship with his father was instrumental in the pursuit of his art. Together, father and son traveled Japan, and the globe, examining and sketching people and places around them.
Comments - Beautiful early Toshi Yoshida image of a pair of Java Sparrows in a cage. The birds sit close together, one touching the other with his brightly colored beak. A nest hangs from the bars overhead, and foot and water trays are affixed to the sides of the cage. This is one of Toshi Yoshida's earliest woodblock prints, designed and carved by him when he was only sixteen years old. Beautiful fine line work and soft color, showing off the artist's already incredible skill at creating woodblock prints. A very rare copy of this subject with both a pencil signature and an ink signature with red artist's seal. We've never seen another copy featuring both forms of signature. A fantastic choice for a Toshi Yoshida collector or a shin hanga enthusiast.
Publisher - Self-published with "jikoku" (self-carved) seal at top in right margin
Signed - In pencil in bottom margin with title in English, with ink signature in lower right corner of image with red "Toshi" seal
Artist - Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Image Size - 10 7/8" x 16 3/8"
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some light toning or soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.