Original Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995) Japanese Woodblock Print
Plum Tree and Blue Magpie, 1951
Toshi Yoshida - Toshi Yoshida was the son of Hiroshi Yoshida, one of the most famous woodblock print artists of the twentieth century. He followed the family tradition and centuries-old Japanese craft of woodblock printmaking, adopting and developing his signature style. His close relationship with his father was instrumental in the pursuit of his art. Together, father and son traveled Japan and the globe, examining and sketching the people and places around them.
Although Yoshida's prints span a wide range of subjects, he is most well known for his lovely portrayals of everyday life in Japan and the beautiful countryside. His works often include the human element, adding a sense of scale and a personal quality to his remarkable landscapes. Softly colored and masterfully composed, Toshi Yoshida's evocative woodblock prints capture the beauty of Japan in his own unique style.
Comments - Wonderful design featuring two blue magpies perched on the moss-covered branch of an old plum tree, with another bird at lower right. The trunk is beautifully detailed with rich subtle color and calligraphic strokes to give it a rugged, textured appearance, and tiny buds can be seen on the smaller twigs. The deep colors of the tree created a striking contrast to the soft, golden yellow sky.
- Toshi Yoshida in English in the margin (with chop), with red artist's seal within the image
- Self-published, later edition
Artist - Toshi Yoshida (1911 - 1995)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 14 5/8" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.