Toshi Yoshida, Friendly Garden, Landscape

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
Title: The Friendly Garden
Published: circa 1980
Size: R (30.5 x 55 cm) C (30.3 x 54.5 cm) L (30.3 x 54.5 cm).
Condition Report: Slight light exposure in the margins, slight water stains at the top of the centre print.


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.


This triptych by Toshi Yoshida forms a rare image called ‘The Friendly Garden’. Each print has a different theme - plum, bamboo, pine - but together they suggest resilience in front of a cold winter without withering like other plants and trees. Culturally, the ‘Three Friends of Winter’ are also called Sho Chiku Bai.


The prints were pencil signed in Japanese as opposed to the usual Toshi Yoshida western signature perhaps to add a more ‘exotic’ feel.

More Information
Artist Name Toshi Yoshida
Title The Friendly Garden
Subject Landscapes, Modern/Shin-Hanga
Dimensions R (30.5 x 55 cm) C (30.3 x 54.5 cm) L (30.3 x 54.5 cm)
Publisher Self Published