by Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Toshi Yoshida - Toshi Yoshida was the son of Hiroshi Yoshida, one of the most famous woodblock print artists of the twentieth 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 the people and places around them.
Although Yoshida's prints span a wide range of subjects, he is most well known for his lovely portrayals of everyday life in Japan and the beautiful countryside. His works often include the human element, adding a sense of scale and a personal quality to his remarkable landscapes. Softly colored and masterfully composed, Toshi Yoshida's evocative woodblock prints capture the beauty of Japan in his own unique style.
From the Yoshida Family Archives - This print comes from a group of Toshi Yoshida woodblocks we recently acquired from the Yoshida family. The stock comes directly from the Yoshida archives, and includes some rare designs not commonly seen on the market. Since these prints were not originally intended for sale, some are lacking a printed title or other information in the margins. A great opportunity to acquire a classic Toshi Yoshida design with an interesting provenance.
Toshi Yoshida's African Prints - During the 1980s, Toshi Yoshida's travels in Africa inspired him to create many woodblock prints of the animals and scenery he saw there. His sweeping landscape views include quiet moments with animals grazing, or the plains as the sun begins to set, along with action-filled scenes of gazelles or wildebeestes running in a blur of motion. These beautiful and intricagely detailed designs are rarely seen on the market and showcase a different side of Toshi Yoshida's artistic talent.
Comments - Lovely image of two wildebeests thundering across the dry plains of East Africa, streaking over the short grass as they approach an umbrella thorn acacia tree in dark silhouette. In the distance at left, a small herd of antelope can be seen. Beautifully drawn with exceptional detail, the sky rendered with delicate parallel lines adding a sense of texture. A terrific and rare large format Toshi Yoshida design from his famous East Africa series. We've never before offered this subject.
Titled - One Day in East Africa No. 2, in English and Japanese
Publisher - Self-published
Artist - Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Image Size - 10 1/2" x 23 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few light creases at edges, faint smudge in margin. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.