Dec. 11 Art Minute: Hiroshi Yoshida, Daibutsu Temple Gate

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Hiroshi Yoshida (Japanese, 1876-1950), Daibutsu Temple Gate. Color woodblock print, 1940. 14 5/8 in. by 9 3/4 in. Purchased with funds given by Claire and Allan Kirsner; Frederick B. and Kate L. Shoemaker Fund; Winthrop H. Perry Fund, 2011.94. On view in the special installation Collecting Now: Recent Acquisitions, Canaday Gallery

Hiroshi Yoshida (Japanese, 1876-1950), Daibutsu Temple Gate. Color woodblock print, 1940. 14 5/8 in. by 9 3/4 in. Purchased with funds given by Claire and Allan Kirsner; Frederick B. and Kate L. Shoemaker Fund; Winthrop H. Perry Fund, 2011.94. On view in the special installation Collecting Now: Recent Acquisitions, Canaday Gallery

Trained as an artist in Japan, Europe, and the United States, Hiroshi Yoshida worked as a painter until the age of 44 when he created his first woodblock print. In 1925, Yoshida began his own print studio. Throughout his career, he tirelessly promoted to the Western world the Japanese artists who revived the traditional color woodblock print in the early 20th century and was responsible for bringing this body of work to America. He created 259 prints during his lifetime and the Toledo Museum of Art has committed to collecting them all. Currently, only 20 remain to complete the collection.


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