Hiroshi Yoshida

Japanese 1876 - 1950


Hiroshi Yoshida is known as a Western-style painter and printmaker.  Born in Kurume, he lived and worked in Tokyo.  He first painted landscapes in oil, but earned early fame as a watercolorist.  He developed an interest in printmaking in 1920 and self-printed all of his work excepting his first seven prints.  His early printwork depicted views of Swiss and American landscapes.


Fond of traveling, Yoshida was also an avid alpinst, with mountains and water figuring prominently in his works.  A significant contributor to and organizer of important exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art, Yoshida’s work was well represented, with 113 prints in a 1930 Japanese print exhibition, and 66 prints in a 1936 show.  A romantic realist, Yoshida’s style resembles that of an English 19th Century watercolorist applied to Japanese themes.  Hiroshi Yoshia is noted for subtle colors and naturalistic atmosphere.  His works won numberous prizes in Japan and in the world, gaining strong Western influences during his travels.  He later established the Japan Alpine Artist Association.


Source: Castle Fine Arts, www.castlefinearts.com