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Seishi, 1940 by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950)

Original Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950) Japanese Woodblock Print
Seishi, 1940

Hiroshi Yoshida - Hiroshi Yoshida was one of the most famous woodblock print artists of the 20th century and a leader in the shin-hanga or new print movement in Japan. He and his son, Toshi, traveled Japan and the globe, examining and sketching the people and places around them. Best known for his beautiful landscapes, his prints are richly detailed and he was especially skilled at capturing the effects of light and reflections on water. After 1925, Hiroshi Yoshida began self-publishing his own works, hiring his own carvers and printers and supervising them very closely. He was a highly skilled carver and printer in his own right, using a special "jizuri" seal to denote the designs he worked on himself. His lovely woodblocks are beautiful examples of 20th century Japanese printmaking.

Comments - Handsome view of Seishi or Xingzi in Jiangsu Province, China, from Hiroshi Yoshida's many travels, with an ornately carved entrance gate towering above the street. A second gate is visible through the archway of the first one. At right, a man chats with a boy as he sits on a low wall. At bottom center, the plum robe of the woman strolling along the street adds a note of color to the muted palette. Beautiful architectural detail. Pencil signed in bottom margin, with jizuri seal, meaning "self-printed," in the top left margin, indicating that the artist approved the print himself as being of the highest quality.

Signed - Hiroshi Yoshida in pencil in bottom margin, signed in ink within image at lower right
Publisher - Self-published

Artist - Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950)

Image Size - 14 5/8" x 9 3/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Drying holes in left corners. A few creases at edges, small rubbed spot near bottom. Please see photos for details.

Seishi, 1940 by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950)
Seishi, 1940 by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950)