Hiroshi Yoshida, 1876-1950
Europe Series: Breighthorn
(Oushuu: Buraito-horunn yama)
signed in sumi ink Yoshida followed by red flower-shaped artist's seal, with jizuri (self-printed) seal at upper left, and the Japanese title on the lower left margin, Buraito-horunn yama (Breighthorn Mountain); titled and signed in English on bottom margin, Breighthorn, Hiroshi Yoshida with artist's red circular 'Special' seal, ca. 1925
oban yoko-e 11 1/8 by 15 3/4 in., 28.1 by 39.9 cm
Hiroshi Yoshida was a well-established artist of watercolors and oils long before he began producing woodblock prints. Born Ueda Hiroshi in Fukuoka Prefecture, he was adopted by his art teacher, Yoshida Kasaburo, in 1891. At the age of seventeen, he traveled to Kyoto to study with his adoptive father's former teacher, Tamura Soryu, and the following year he went to Tokyo to study watercolor painting under Koyama Shotaro. Only five years later, in 1899, the very talented and independent Yoshida embarked on his first trip (of three) to the United States with his friend Nakagawa Hachiro, where they managed to arrange exhibitions of their paintings at the Detroit Museum of Art, and in Boston, Washington D.C., and Providence. The success of these shows funded a tour of Europe before he returned to Japan. During the first decade of the new century, Yoshida became well-known at home and abroad for his Western style watercolors. He continued to work predominately in watercolors until ca. 1910, after which he concentrated increasingly on painting with oils. He produced his first woodblock prints in 1920, but he continued to produce oil paintings for at least another decade to help fund his printing endeavors.
Ogura, Yoshida Hiroshi zenhangashu (The Complete Woodblock Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida), 1987, p. 43, no. 17
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