Hiroshi Yoshida: Worldly Visions
Tuesday, January 24 until Saturday, February 25
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 24 from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Ronin Gallery – 425 Madison Avenue (between 48th and 49th Streets), 3rd Floor
Drawn from a private Midwestern collection, this exhibition of Hiroshi Yoshida’s masterworks presents both his revered views of Japan and those from his international travels. While Yoshida is considered a member of the Shin Hanga, or “new print,” movement, after 1925 he shed the division of labor of traditional Japanese woodblock printing and participated in each stage of printmaking himself. He became involved in every aspect of the process – designing the print, carving his own blocks, and printing his own work – channeling the spirit of the Sosaku Hanga, or “creative print,” movement in his distinctly Shin Hanga style.
Born in Kyushu in 1876, Yoshida studied Western-style painting, winning many exhibition prizes and making several trips to the U.S., Europe, and North Africa to sell his watercolors and oil paintings. In 1920 Yoshida began to work as a woodblock print artist, and it wasn’t long before he gained prominence and popularity. In 1925, Yoshida broke from convention and started his own workshop, specializing in landscapes, both inspired by his native country and his travels abroad. In 1930, he participated in the first major Shin Hanga exhibition, hosted in Toledo, Ohio. His later prints increasingly express his passion for exploration, presenting views of Korea, China, the U.S., and Europe. Although widely traveled and knowledgeable of Western aesthetics, Hiroshi Yoshida maintained an allegiance to traditional Japanese techniques and traditions. He was attracted by the calmer moments of nature, imbuing his landscape prints with coolness, inviting meditation and setting a soft, peaceful mood.
Yoshida’s prints are widely collected and housed in many major museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the British Museum.
For more information, please visit Ronin Gallery’s website.