Buncho (Java Sparrow), 1927

by Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)

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Buncho (Java Sparrow), 1927 by Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)

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 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.

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.

Signed - Toshi Yoshida in margin at lower right (with chop), with jikoku (self-carved) seal in right margin
Publisher - Self-published, later edition with atozuri (late printing) seal on reverse

Artist - Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)

Image Size - Page size 15 3/4"x 10 1/2"

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. A couple light creases at edge. Please see photos for details. Otherwise excellent condition.

Buncho (Java Sparrow), 1927 by Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Buncho (Java Sparrow), 1927 by Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)