YOSHIDA Hiroshi

(Japan 1876 – 1950)

Sacred bridge

Location
Not on display
Further information

Yoshida Hiroshi is one of the best-known modern Japanese printmakers. He studied oil painting in the 'older' of the two schools of Western-style painting around the turn of the century in Japan. His two passions in life - travel and art - led him to landscape painting. His early experience in selling watercolour landscape paintings for American tourists triggered him to travel to America and Europe from 1899 to 1901, and again for 1903 to 1906. After the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 he was invited to America by Charles Freer. He continued to travel around the world - including Asia, South America and Africa - throughout his life, producing prints of the local impressions.

When Wantanabe Shôzaburô began in the 1920s to publish prints by contemporary artists as what is now known as New Prints, Yoshida provided landscape designs for him from 1921. Yoshida also produced many prints by himself. Those prints are indicated as 'printed by the artist ('ji-zuri')' or 'blockcut and printed by the artist ('ji-koku; ji-zurii')'.

Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW 16 October 2001

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Shôwa period 1926–1988
Year
1937
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodcut
Dimensions
25.1 x 38.0 cm image; 27.5 x 41.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. margin, pencil "Hiroshi Yoshida". Signed l.l., red ink "[artist's seal]". Signed l.l., black ink, "[Japanese character]". Dated l. margin, in Japanese, black ink "[1937]".
Credit
Gift of G F Williams 1995
Accession number
417.2001