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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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    Evening Glow at Hira (Lake Biwa) by Eisen, Konsei

    Two sailboats on water with evening glow sky.

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    The Birthday of Buddha by Shoso, Mishima

    Multicolored print of children showering water of an image of Buddha.

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    Iris Gardens at Horikiri by Ogata, Gekko

    Woman carrying a parasol in a garden of iris.

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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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    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.

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    Silver by Yoshida, Toshi

    Abstract horizontal design in white and green on gray and red background

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    Peacock and Cherry Blossoms by Shusai, (Ryusai)

    Multicolored print of landscape featuring peacocks.

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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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    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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    Lioness A by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 14.75 x 16.75 inches. Black and white lioness, alert, 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. While on a trip to Africa in 1974, Toshi was deeply impressed by how the various wild animals got along peacefully with one another in the wild. This, he thought, was a lesson for human beings and he created a series of children's books, African Animal Storybooks, 17 Vols., 1982-1993, to express this.

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    Watanabe Studio by Watanabe, Shozobaro

    Studio in foreground with mountain and trees in background.

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    Boats by Okubo, Yukata b. 1932

    Boats in harbor in gray, orange, black and blue.

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    Division 2 by Hamanishi, Katsunori

    Single stem of grain in gold leaf with red and black ground.

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    Untitled by Hiroshige, Ando

    Mountains and Meidera Temple precincts near Lake Biwa.

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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 Firemen’s Guild by Gyoshu, Hayami 1894-1935

    Multicolored wood print featuring a serpentine line of firemen.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.