20th CENTURY JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS BY HIROSHI YOSHIDA
20th CENTURY JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINTS BY HIROSHI YOSHIDA.
SHIN – HANGA, meaning “new prints”, emerged in Japan during the early 20th century. Aimed at Western tastes, the artistic movement combined the traditional colourful woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e with nostalgic and romanticized Japanese subjects.
An early master of shin-hanga was the painter and woodblock printmaker HIROSHI YOSHIDA (1876-1950). He is known not only for his calm and serene designs but also for being involved in the production of many of his prints, in some cases going so far as to carve blocks himself.