Hiroshi Yoshida (1876 -1950)



Born in 1876, Hiroshi Yoshida is considered one of the leading figures of the renewal of Japanese printmaking after the cessation of the Meiji period in 1912.

He was 44 years old, with a very successful career as a painter already behind him, when he met Watanabe Shozaburo who persuaded Yoshida to make his first woodcut. He subsequently became one of the most prolific and, at least in America, the best known of the "shin hanga" artists. He enjoyed traveling and had been to Europe and Africa, and twice to America, before he was thirty.

His debt to Hiroshige, in particular is evident in his feeling for the particularities of place and his shrewd eye for arresting vantage points. Yoshida's association with Watanabe lasted only for two or three years, after which he decided to fund his own workshop. Unlike ukiyo-e artists, he was inimately involved in all parts of the printmaking process, designing the key blocks, chosing the colors and supervising the printers.

Throughout his career, Yoshida created 259 woodblocks, seven published by Watanabe and the rest by Yoshida himself.

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