This woodblock print was introduced in 1941, and is dated Showa 26, which is 1941. It is not a first edition, but an early one from the early 1940s. It is one of Toshi's favored prints for its subject; the Half Moon bridge, which is in Kameido, Japan. This lovely print depicts a group of visitors enjoying the spring blossoms and scenery near the Half Moon Bridge. The Wisteria is blooming in the foreground in a lovely soft hue of purple, a classic Yoshida print. This bridge is famous for making a complete circle with the reflection in the water. It is sealed with Toshi's Kanji cipher, along with his name in English, and its title in Japanese and English. This print is professionally matted and framed. The print measures 7.75" x 10.5", and the frame measures 13" x 15.5". Insured shipping in the US is $35.00.
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. P80629 $595