Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

1 - Yoshida Hiroshi Captures India and the World in Woodblock Prints

Saturday, July 7
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Mahogany, First Floor

Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) was just 23 when he became one of the first Japanese to display his works of Western Art in Chicago, then Boston and Washington, before going on to Europe. He developed a reputation in oils and watercolors and helped found key art associations in Japan before turning to woodblock print-making with great success. The Kanto Earthquake destroyed his publisher's shop and most of his extant blocks in 1923. Thereafter, striking out on his own, calling himself an architect of prints, he created a new style of production, wherein he was intimately concerned with each aspect of the process, demanding perfection before affixing his signature or seal.  


A true world traveler, Yoshida made further excursions to the U.S.—creating prints of iconic locales like El Capitan— and to Europe where Alpine scenes and The Matterhorn were favorite subjects. Yoshida explored British India in 1929-1930, inspiring an oeuvre displaying his impressions of India, ranging from iconic monuments like the Taj Mahal and Meenakshi Temple in Madurai to secular images portraying Indian ethos from Lahore to Burma. Executed in exquisite detail and gentle colouring, the expression amalgamated Yoshida's Japanese roots with global exposure. When war came to Japan, dispatched to Manchuria and China he captured in prints landscapes of the burgeoning Japanese continental empire before his talents were mobilized to execute paintings of the war itself. In the immediate postwar era, his prints were so popular among the American occupiers, that it was said his studio became their officers' "Salon."

Anu Jindal

Purple Streak Center for Arts, India

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