'Benkei Bridge'

This graceful design depicts two traditionally dressed women pausing at the edge of the famous Benkei Bridge in Tokyo, which crosses the Kamagawa River. The bright pink and blue of the kimono provide a colorful accent in contrast to the subtle grays of the stone bridge. Graceful willow branches frame the scene overhead.  This print was originally introduced in 1941, and bears the date Showa 16, which is 1941, and was likely produced c1940s, well within the lifetime of Yoshida.  It has beautiful soft color and detail in this attractive design.  It bears its title seal, and Toshi's name in Japanese, and his name and the print's title in western script in the bottom margin.  This print measures 10" x 7.5", and the wood frame measures 15.25" x 12.25".   It is in fine condition.  Born in Tokyo, Toshi Yoshida was the eldest son of Hiroshi Yoshida the renowned shin hanga master. Under his father's influence, Toshi began to learn painting at age 3 and woodblock printing at age 13. In 1929 he traveled with his father to India and Southeast Asia making sketches for future prints.  In 1936 Toshi journeyed to China and Korea, and in 1952-53 he visited the US and Europe where he exhibited works and lectured about woodblock prints.       P8087    $395.00

Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995) 'Benkei Bridge'