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Japanese Print Masters: Hiroshi Yoshida and his Son Toshi

June 1, 2003 - June 1, 2003

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) was a prominent figure in the modern Japanese print movement. Keenly aware of the influence of ukiyo-e prints on Post-Impressionism, Yoshida combined artistic theories native to the West with traditional techniques rooted in Japan. The result was an updated, Westernized version of the traditional ukiyo-e print. His output was tremendous and he portrayed scenes not only from Japan but also of India, Southeast Asia, China, Europe and North America. Our collection of his work is extensive and includes a rare print of The Sphinx by Day.

His son, Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995) followed in his father’s footsteps and became a prolific printmaker and teacher. He had a great following of Western students and taught for a time in Nova Scotia. His work depicted many of the same foreign scenes as his father?s, and although his prints were less detailed, he was still able to evoke an unpretentious sense of nostalgia and interesting angles of view.

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