Toshi Yoshida, Cardinals, Autumn Leaves

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
Title: Cardinals
Date: 1973
Original Pencil Signature.
Size: 37 x 55 cm
Condition: Minor spots on the margins.

One of the most famous Japanese woodblock print artists of the 20th century, Toshi Yoshida was the eldest son of Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), one of the most successful printmakers in the Shin-hanga movement, who specialised in the subject of landscape. During his artistic career, Toshi Yoshida struggled to balance staying loyal to his father and developing his own style, while seeking how to renew the declining Ukiyo-e tradition as a Shin-hanga artist. Although he chose animals as his speciality in 1926, his early works through the 1950s, like 'Tokyo at Night' (1938), adopted landscapes in a style similar to his father’s. However, compared to Hiroshi’s elaborate, subdued and monumental landscape prints, Toshi’s usage of rich and profound colour succeeds in expressing candid traditional Japanese scenery.


In this print, two cardinal birds are seen perched on a tree branch, their bright yellow and red feathers merging with the autumn leaves. The strong contrast of the vivid colours with the plain background creates the illusion of a very cold, yet sunny late autumn day.

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Artist Name Toshi Yoshida
Title Cardinals
Subject Animal & Birds, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions 37 x 55 cm