Spring in a Hot Spring (Onsen no haru), Hiroshi Yoshida
Woodblock print, roughly 11 x 16 inches (27 x 40 cm); in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; also on Ukiyo-e Search.
With the visual appeal of both a drawing and a painting, Shin-hanga master Hiroshi Yoshida also combines the sensibilities of Japanese and Western art in his beautiful evocation of a spring day at a hot spring.
Thicker and heavier than etching lines, Yoshida’s woodblock lines are printed in a lighter ink, giving them a comparable but different kind of delicacy.
The subtle color relationships and graceful sweep of the branches combine with the muted contrasts with which he suggests the moving water of the stream to give a lively but contemplative picture of the scene.