Hiroshi Yoshida, Miho Cape, Shin-Hanga


Artist: Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)

Title: Miho Cape

Date: 1935

Original pencil signature

Original Japanese woodblock print.

The bay of Miho in Shizuoka Prefecture is famed for its twisting seaside pines. The locale became the setting for a story that has permeated throughout Japanese folklore and literature, Hagoromo (The Feather Mantle). So lovely were Miho's sandy shores and pines quivering in the ocean breeze, that an angel could not help herself from exploring the earthly paradise, almost to her own misfortune. The story is so tightly linked with the area that both are almost synonymous with one another. Hiroshi Yoshida captures a calm view right at the edge of the waves, focusing on the magnificent form of Fuji from across the bay. 

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950)

Hiroshi Yoshida was one of the leading figures in the shin-hanga movement and stands out as one of the prominent landscape artists of his time. Born in Fukuoka, he was adopted by his art teacher Yoshida Kosaburo. In 1893, he went to Kyoto to study yoga and nihonga styles of painting and often produced watercolours.

Yoshida’s interest in woodblock prints came only in middle age when he started collaborating with the shin-hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. He created seven prints under his guidance, although the collaboration ended abruptly when the publishing agency was destroyed in the fire following the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. In 1925 he established his own workshop where he employed wood-cutters and printers while supervising every aspect of the printmaking process. The jizuri (self-printed) seal is found in the margin of prints which were made under his close supervision.

The artist was extremely fond of travelling and he embarked on many trips throughout his life, depicting locations in the United States, India, China, Korea, North Africa, the Himalayas and Switzerland. He was also a passionate climber, and most of his prints depict landscapes from his travels and alpine scenes from his mountaineering excursions. His style reflects his training as a painter and watercolourist. His prints display a wonderful choice of colour blending, while his skill at depicting the natural flow of water and reflections on its surface is remarkable.

Many of Hiroshi's prints were exported and became popular in the West. He was fortunate to have exhibited his paintings in oil and watercolour in both Japan and overseas and to have won numerous art exhibition prizes. He was one of the few shin-hanga artists to sign his works in English. His sons, Toshi Yoshida and Hodaka Yoshida, became great artists in their own right.

More Information
Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistHiroshi Yoshida (1876 - 1950)
SubjectLandscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Size40.6 x 27.2 cm
Condition ReportDiscolouration on left and right side and paper residue from previous mounting. Pinholes on top corners.
publisherSelf Published:1000-3000