Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)

Grand Canyon, 1925
Woodblock print, 9.75 in x 114.5 in
Hiroshi Yoshida received his early training in Japan, where western-style oil painting and watercolor were very much in style at that time. To study the works of western artists and to exhibit his own work, Yoshida traveled throughout Europe and the United States. His work was exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Art, the Boston Art Museum, and the St. Louis World Exposition of 1904. On his third visit to the United States in 1923-1924, Yoshida visited the American West. Shortly thereafter he turned to the more traditional Japanese art form of wood- block prints, establishing his own workshop in 1925. He became part of the shin-hanga (new prints) movement that sought to reemphasize the essence of Japanese culture after a half-century of modernization and westernization in Japan. Yoshida made several woodblock prints from sketches done during his American travels, including Lake Moraine, Mount Rainier, Niagara Falls, El Capitan, and Grand Canyon.

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