Toshi Yoshida

Toshi Yoshida, Japanese woodblock prints in the Sosaku-hanga tradition
Toshi Yoshida was a Japanese woodblock printmaker and the son of renowned printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida.

Toshi Yoshida was active in the 20th century and was associated with the sōsaku-hanga (“creative prints”) movement, in which artists carve and print their own blocks — as contrasted with the shin-hanga (“new prints”) movement that continued the traditional practice of artists working with specialists in carving and printing to realize their designs. Hiroshi Yoshida was associated with the latter movement, though he also worked in the sōsaku-hanga manner.

Toshi, like many scions of artistic parents, was faced with the choice of embracing or stepping around his father’s legacy, and to my eye, he did a bit of both, carrying on his father’s sensitive vision of landscape, his love of travel and the influence of Western art, but adding his own bold styles and even experimenting with non-representational designs.

Toahi Yoshida also did many prints of animal subjects, particularly birds, that have the same sensitivity and delicate nuance as evidenced in his landscapes. In his landscape prints, I particularly admire his use of muted colors and atmospheric perspective.

As with any printmaker, you will find that some of the images you see of the same subject are from different printings of the same block; in the case of Japanese woodblock prints, they are often printed with different color schemes.

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