Hiroshi Yoshida Mt. Rainier and Sailing Boats

Hiroshi Yoshida, 1876-1950

Mt. Rainier & Sailing Boats: Mist Test Print
(Beikoku: Reniyasan / Setonaikai shu: Hansen kiri)

a unique double-sided print; Mt. Rainier with sumi ink signature Yoshida and artist's flower seal, bright red jizuri (self-printed) seal on upper left margin, dated below Taisho juyonen saku (made in Taisho 14 [1925]), and titled below Reniyasan; the verso with a test print of Sailing Boats: Mist, with jizuri seal on left margin, the series title below, Setonaikai shu, followed by the date, Taisho jugonen saku, and the print title below, Hansen kiri, with the 'kiri' printed twice, ca. 1925-26

15 by 20 7/8 in., 38 by 53 cm

This over-sized print offers a rare glimpse into the trial and error aspect of printmaking. The Mount Rainier print was issued in 1925, and at first glance this appears to be a perfectly acceptable and finished impression. However, in the upper right corner one of the background blocks in the sky was printed very slightly off-register, and as such, did not pass muster by Yoshida. The print must have been put aside, and the following year, in 1926, when Yoshida was working on his Sailing Boats series, they used the same sheet of paper to test the alignment of the print, and one can see an adjustment might have been made to the keyblock as the last character of the title 'Kiri' was printed twice, one overlapping slightly with the other. What's even more interesting is that the background appears to be for the Morning version of the Sailing Boats - which was normally printed in a bright progressing of yellow to orange and pink.



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