Toshi Yoshida, Spring, Birds of the Seasons

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
Title: Spring
Series title: Birds of the Seasons
Date: c.1980s
Size: 54.5 x 34 cm
Condition: Brown stains on the back due to previous mounting, slight crease on top left.

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.

'Spring' is one of a series of four large prints of seasonal views of birds and flowers. In here, the feathers are rendered in delicate strokes, a contrast to the bold outlines of the plum tree. Seasonal themes often occur in Japanese art and this is a vibrant and colourful example of the welcoming of spring after a long and harsh winter.

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Print Format Other
Artist Name Toshi Yoshida
Title Spring
Subject Animal & Birds, Modern/Shin-Hanga, Flowers & Botanical
Dimensions 54.5 x 34 cm
Condition Report Brown stains on the back due to previous mounting, slight crease on top left.