9.5 x 14.75 inches. Woodblock print of five birds standing in water with another bird flying overhead with leaves falling and the sun rising in the forest background. Son of Toshi Yoshida and third generation of Yoshida family artists. First light shining on the tops of trees, the fog, the falling leaves, and on the bird flying, but not on the birds walking on the shore which seem to lack full reality. Again, Tsukasa seems to point to a deeper level of meaning than the ordinary visual level. Perhaps this print suggests that the viewer needs an awakening that must come to him or her, surrounded as we all are in dark shadows. Tsukasa is a meticulous artist who carves and prints his own blocks. He is the son of Toshi Yoshida and is now the head of the Yoshida Studio in Tokyo where he teaches students.
16 x 11 inches. Woodcut relief print. Figures in foreground; purple, brown and orange village and background. Posthumously printed by Toshi Yoshida, Hiroshiâ€™s eldest son and heir to studio. It shows cherry blossoms and figures in fr ont of a Buddhist structure and bridge on the outskirts of Tokyo. Hiroshi was a very important oil painter, watercolorist, and woodblock artist. His style has been called "Romantic Realism." He would portray a scene in nature, usually in Japan but also in the United States, in a light that would evoke deep feelings in the viewer. Within the shin hanga, or new print movement, his work is distinct. Some of his most admired prints have long been out of print. Toshi, his son, used Hiroshi's same woodblocks and pigments to print new editions of these works, this print being example. Hiroshi was the leading second generation artist in the Yoshida family.
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.
24.5 x 37.75 inches. Woodblock print; Black print with lion and 2 lionesses. A lion and two lionesses resting on a rock in the African savanna. This is the black and white keyblock print for a print made in full color with the same title and date. Toshi's carving shows incredible skill in modeling the full bodies of the animals with simple lines. It was carved on one very large cherrywood block. Toshi loved Africa and its wildlife. His seal in the lower right. 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; Peaceful Wild Animals, soclaa001124, one of his largest prints was made when he was 63 years old.
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.
25 x 18.25 inches. Woodcut relief print of partridge with young.This full color image of a Japanese mountain ptarmigan (partridge), shows the mother hen watching over her chicks. Made by Toshi when he was 19 years old, it demonstrates considerable skill and maturity in rendering the instinctual life of the birds.
8 X 11 inches. Woodblock print depicting irises and grasshopper.
16.25 x 20 inches. Painting; Male figure looking up with bamboo in foreground with Chinese script in upper right. The painting shows the scholar Chao, some bamboo, and a calligraphic homage to the scholar. Here, the modern Chinese artist follows in a long and respected tradition of paying homage to a previous painter and poet, and in this way carrying the past into the present. Sometimes, but probably not here, this entails emulating the famous person's own calligraphic style. The sense that the brush, making a stroke on paper, conveys something of the inner spirit of the person holding the brush reappeared in modern Abstract Expressionism.
Woodblock print, 14.25 x 9.75 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. Gray and white abstract in a moire pattern. Toshi based this on the way the old Ukiyo-e masters made mosquito netting in their prints, by printing the vertical lines of the net first, and overprinting that with a block printing the horizontal lines of the net, except that Toshi used wavy lines instead of straight. The result is a complex visual effect. Toshi used this type of pattern as the background in other prints, both abstract and naturalistic.
Woodblock and copper etching, 30 X 21 inches, by Noboru Sawai. Image of a nude woman with body painting holding an umbrella while seated in a wheelbarrow. In the background are an old barn and a copse of trees on Vancouver Island, Canada. It a visual poem or riddle. The artist was a student of Toshi Yoshida before establishing his own studio in Canada.
8.5 x 17 inches. Lithograph. Nude and robed women in bathhouse.