Original Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995) Japanese Woodblock Print
Sea Horses, 1951
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 - After the death of his father in 1950, Toshi Yoshida began a period of experimentation with abstract woodblock print designs. This 1951 image of seahorses, coral, and underwater plants transitions between his earlier, realistic scenes and his later, completely abstract subjects. The rounded forms of the colorful corals create an almost abstract, geometric pattern across the gray background, with seaweed drifting in the current above and two barely visible seahorses. A fascinating design and a fine choice for a collector.
Publisher - Self-published with "jikoku" (self-carved) seal at top in left margin
Signed - In pencil in bottom margin with title in English
Artist - Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Image Size - 9 1/2" X 14 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail. Some light toning or soiling at edges. Please see photos for details. Very nice overall.