Yoshida, Toshi, (1911-1995)

Yoshida, Toshi, (1911-1995)

Toshi Yoshida was the eldest son of shin hanga print master Hiroshi Yoshida. Toshi’s artistic career was a long struggle between fidelity to his father’s legacy and freedom from it. Hiroshi, a landscape artist, dictated Toshi’s early artistic development. Although Toshi preferred animals as his primary subject, he spent the 1930’s travelling with his father making landscape prints at times working side by side with his father. During his career, he undertook extensive travels all over the world including the USA, Canada, India, Africa, Australia, and even Antarctica. His early print subjects were mostly landscapes or animals depicted in a realistic style. After the death of his father Hiroshi in 1950, Toshi began a series of abstract woodcuts influenced by his artist brother Hodaka, that lasted until 1971. After that he returned to his affinity for animals and focused on animals as his subject until his death in 1995.

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