Toshi Yoshida, Winter, Birds of the Seasons

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Artist: Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995)
Title: Birds of the Seasons – Winter
Date: c.1982
Size: 54.5 x 33.8 cm

Original Japanese woodblock 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.

'Winter' 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 tree.

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Artist Name Toshi Yoshida
Title Winter
Subject Animal & Birds
Dimensions 54.5 x 33.8 cm
Condition Report Foxing, lightly discoloured due to the previous mounting, light tear on the right bottom, light horizontal crease on the top.