Yoshida was a Japanese artist who was born in 1876 and died
in 1950. Deemed
a leader in the resurrection of Japanese printmaking after
the Meiji period, you would see a blend of artists in this
renewal known as Shin Hanga, which are new Japan or modern
prints and Sosaku Hanga, which means creative prints or
Hiroshi Yoshida was born to a school principal
teaching at an elementary institution.
It was easy to see that Hiroshi Yoshida was extremely
talented at a very young age.
By the age of 18, he was allowed to study in a Tokyo
private school. At
first, Hiroshi Yoshida worked as a painter. This artist won a number of prizes for his exhibitions but
not until 1920 was he working to create woodblock prints. Around that time, he was introduced to Watanabe Shozaburo who
owned a print store in Tokyo.
Along with several unknown but willful artists,
Hiroshi Yoshida began painting woodblock prints with
Watanabe publishing the first ever made.
Many think of Hiroshi Yoshida s being associated with
the Shin Hanga movement although he stayed true to many of
his own ambitions. Sadly,
one of the world’s worst earthquakes demolished much of
Tokyo in 1923 to include Watanabe’s shop and all the
prints within it. In
1925, Hiroshi Yoshida had been in America but returned to
Japan at which time he began hiring carvers and printers to
work for him. Paying close attention to their work, he would often work
alongside them, teaching and encouraging.
In addition to his travels to the United States,
frequently visited China, Korea, Europe, Africa, India, and
all throughout his own country of Japan.
His other ambition in addition travel and painting
was mountaineering. Because
of his personal interests, you would find most of his
woodblock prints depicting mountain or travel.
For instance, landscapes from his various trips are
Remember, Hiroshi Yoshida was painting in the middle
of the old and new worlds of Japan.
While he was raised and taught with the old Japanese
traditions, he was also proud of learning about new things
and opportunities. Therefore,
his woodblock prints have a contemporary flare, somewhat
of the greatest of series planned by Hiroshi Yoshida was
called One Hundred Views of the World.
Sadly, he died before he could breathe life into