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.
Birds and Flowers - Handsome design from Toshi Yoshida's "Birds of the Seasons" series, commissioned by the Franklin Mint in the early 1980s and printed in Toshi Yoshida's studio in Japan. This lovely series includes one print for each of the seasons, featuring birds surrounded by blossoming tree branches, lush foliage, or colorful autumn leaves. The line work in the feathers is beautifully detailed. Each is pencil signed in the bottom margin in kanji. These striking designs are in the rare, large double oban format, making them a great choice for display. They are seldom seen on the market these days.
Signed - Toshi Yoshida in kanji in pencil in bottom margin
Artist - Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Image Size - 19 3/4" x 11 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A few spots. Please see photos for details.