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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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    Untitled by Hiroshige III

    Mt. Fuji in the background with sailboats and blackbirds in the foreground; red stamp in lower right corner.

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    Snow in Edo Outskirts by Hiroshige, Ando

    Multicolored print of a snowy landscape.

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    Peacock and Cherry Blossoms by Shusai, (Ryusai)

    Multicolored print of landscape featuring peacocks.

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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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    Fragment by Izumi, Shigeru

    White squiggly lines on a grey rectangle, orange horizontal stripe, smaller color squiggles beneath it

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    Environs of Edo from series, Toto Meisho by Hiroshiga I

    View from high hill of roof-tops and a temple complex.

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    Remembrance of Great Earthquake (1875) by Unknown

    Multicolored print showing a remembrance ceremony for victims of the earthquake.

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    Lion by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 14.75 x 16.75 inches. Black and white lion with large mane, sitting 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. These three images of African lions and lionesses show the artist's special affection for animal life.

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    Fukeroi by Hiroshige I

    Three trees against spring sky, figures working in rice paddies, two kites flying and calligraphy.

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    Poem 71-30 by Maki, Haku

    Japanese letter with symbols in black and red on white.

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    Domestic Scene from Sakaegusa by Shuncho, Katsukawa (fluent)

    A domestic scene of four Japanese women wearing robes and combs in their hair. Three are sitting and one is standing.

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    Untitled by Sukenobu, Nishikawa

    Woman standing next to tree and hanging robe in black and white.

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    Morning of New Year’s in Ginza by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock Print, 10.25 x 7.5 inches. A 1958 cityscape of the well-known Ginza shopping area in Tokyo, with cars and a streetcar in the dark gray foreground and with a horizon of skyscrapers against a pink sky. Dawn might also suggest Tokyo's amazing recovery 13 years after the end of the Second World War. The style Toshi used - straight horizontal, vertical and wavy lines - is unique to this print. It would have made an attractive New Year's gift for American buyers of Yoshida family prints. Many American soldiers were still stationed in Japan at that time, and many of them visited the Yoshida Studio, bought prints, and began collections that still remain intact at the present time.

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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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    Enclosure 11 by Amano, Kunihiro

    21.5 x 15 inches . Abstract with bright green square in center surrounded by leaf motifs in green on black ground.

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    Procession of Sparrows (A Japanese fairy tale) by Ogata, Gekko

    Processing people in multicolored robes dancing, purple color bled through the paper.

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    Ishigakusi by Hiroshige II

    Daimyo procession with banners. Trees in foreground and mountains in background. Red seal on lower right corner.

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    Yarakusho by Sawai, Noboru (b. 1931)

    Blue brown red, nude woman in right corner. . A subway train, underground, is arriving at the station Yarakusho, having a large advertisement showing a nude woman. Black, gray, blue, brown, and red. The implication is sexual. The overtness is a challenge to both Japanese and Western sensitivity. Noboru made this print while being a student at the Yoshida Studio in Tokyo. Back again in Japan, after a number of years in the United States, this seems to be evidence of the artist's internal pain resulting from changing from Japanese culture to Western culture and back again to Japanese culture. This clash of cultures became the main subject matter in Noboru's career.

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    Crabs by Hokusai, Katsushiki

    Original woodblock print, 13.5 x 11 inches, attributed to Katsushiki Hokusai, a revered and prolific Japanese artist. Many different crabs against a light blue background. Hokusai was one of the most famous artists of his time. He was exceedingly deft in portraying his contemporaries in their everyday tasks. This led him to create a series of woodblock printed books called his drawings, his manga. It is a classic text book, with many images on each page, showing a variety of people or things, similar to the common crabs here.

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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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    Tsuchiyama by Hiroshige, Ando

    Multicolored print of people walking through a mountain pass.

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    Spring in a Hot Spring by Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876-1950)

    Woodblock print, 9.75 x 14.5 inches. Cherry blossoms in early spring in the foreground, a bridge over a stream with figures and buildings, and in the background a spa,trees, and mountains - all in delicate muted green, pink and brown. The artist captures what, for any Japanese person, is a nostalgic moment in an ideal setting. Unseen here are clouds of war gathering. Hiroshi was historically the most important artist in the Yoshida family. About 1900 and following, Americans bought many of his watercolors and, after the war, many of his prints. Yoshida Hiroshi is a second generation Yoshida family artist, who established the Yoshida Studio in Tokyo. The Yoshida family of artists began with Yoshida Kasaburô (1861-1894), then next Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) and his wife Fujio (1887-1987), then their sons Toshi (1911-1995) with his wife Kiso (1919-2005) and Hodaka (1926-1995) with his wife Chizuko (1924- ) and daughter Ayomi (1958- ).

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    Nihonbashi Station from series, Kyoka Tokaido by Hiroshige I

    Figures walking over a bridge with boats in the water below and rooftops and a mountain in the background.