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    Charity by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    9.5 x 13.5 in. Woodblock and zinc plate print, mountain landscape with trees in foreground. The actual title Toshi gave this print is "Early Spring in Azumino". It shows an early morning view of a Japanese mountain, forest, and Shinto temple. The zinc plate made it possible to print the very fine dark lines of the trees, and that suggests that a photograph was used as the first stage in doing this. Prints like this were given to Japanese newlyweds in the temple, thus the label on this work "Charity." It implies a gift of love. Toshi was part of the third generation of Yoshida family artists.

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    Untitled (Dogs on Elephants and Horses) by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Photo zinc pl ate, ca 11 x 16 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. Cartoon-like drawing of dogs riding horses and elephants with a military vehicle in the left corner and a red seal in the lower right corner. Toshi was 5 years old, a child afflicted with polio, when he made a sketch book with drawings like this. This page was photographed, transferred to a zinc plate and printed. While not realizing it, Toshi's drawing echoes the satirical animal cartoons of important people in 12th century classical Japanese art. It is possible to trace Toshi's career as an artist by means of this and other prints. Untitled (Rabbits in Battle), soclaa001040, represents his sketch book drawing when he was 5 years old; Raicho, soclaa001105, with considerable detail was his earliest self-carved and self-printed work at age 19; White Plum in the Farmyard, soclaa001106, marked a new beginning in his work; and Peaceful Wild Animals, soclaa001124, one of his largest prints, was made when he was 63 years old.

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    White Plum in the Farmyard by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    15.25 x 10.5 inches. Woodcut relief print. Horizon, brown , orange and white. The peak of the roof on a contemporary Japanese farmhouse as background for the blossoms on a plum tree. Shades of brown, white, and green. The Japanese write poems about the beginning of spring announced by the plum tree. In 1951 when Toshi made this, it announced a new beginning for his own print career.

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    Untitled (Rabbits in Battle) by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Photo zinc plate, 10 x 15.25 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. Cartoon-like drawing of rabbits on horseback and on foot, with sword, knives and daggers, in fierce combat. A red seal in the lower right. Toshi was 5 years old, a child afflicted with polio, when he20made a sketch book with drawings like this. This page was photographed, transferred to a zinc plate, and printed. While not realizing it, Toshi's drawing echoes the satirical animal cartoons of important people in 12th century classical Japanese art. It is possible to trace Toshi's career as an artist by means of this and other prints. Untitled (Rabbits in Battle), soclaa001040, represents his sketch book drawing when he was 5 years old; Raicho, soclaa001105, with considerable detail was his earliest self-carved and self-printed work at age 19; White Plum in the Farmyard, soclaa001106, marked a new beginning in his work; and Peaceful Wild Animals, soclaa001124, one of his largest prints, was made when he was 63 years old.

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    Intention by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 27.5 x 21.25 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. At the center of this abstract print is a fascinating large red shape, with black markings on it, placed against a brown moire background. It is totally ambiguous. Could it be a standing figure, like a primeval beast or raging humanoid, or is it more like an emblem or pendant? Or is it simply a visual representation of the mental state, intention? Along with realistic prints, Toshi made many abstract prints with shapes like this in various sizes and colors.

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    Heirinji Temple Bell by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 14.5 x 9.5 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. The print presents a striking contrast between a typical Japanese stone tower and the delicate cherry blossoms hanging down on slender branches. Toshi himself experienced a new springtime in his art with this print and others in 1951.

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    From the Sky by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 9.75 x 14.5 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. A view of a green and pink earth from space. In 1969 the United States space program placed the first human beings on the moon. The view from space of the earth itself in space revolutionized our understanding of ourselves in the universe. One year later Toshi's rather abstract print celebrated that event.

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    Hope 19/50 by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 22 x 28.5 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. A strong abstract print, featuring a large black shape against a background of mottled gold, with small patches of bright red, blue, yellow, green embedded in the black like jewels. Toshi made both realistic and abstract prints during his 65 year career.

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    Lioness B by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 14.75 x 16.75 inches. Another black and white lioness, with head down on a rock outcropping. This black and white image has been taken from the key block used for the larger, full color woodblock print, Peaceful Wild Animals, 1974, by Toshi. It shows the incredibly fine, detailed carving Toshi was able to do. The lines for the fur, for example, have been carved in the wood in a way that delineates the shape of the muscles in the body and the light reflected off of them. For a carver to do this without additional shading, shows great skill and artistry. The complete full color print shows all three animals together on a rock in the vast African savannah. This extra large print was carved from a single block of cherry wood. St.Olaf College has the entire large black and white key block impression, slightly cropped, in its collection.

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    Flowers and Grass by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    12 x 12 inches. Ink on paper. Black and white flowers with grass and red signature stamp in lower right corner.