The Cherry Tree in Kawagoe
The Cherry Tree in Kawagoe from Eight Scenes of Cherry Blossoms
15 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. (39.3 x 26.6 cm)
(Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan, 1876 - 1950, Tokyo)
Full Title:The Cherry Tree in Kawagoe from Eight Scenes of Cherry Blossoms
Medium and Support:
Color woodcut with applied watercolor
Gift of Clark Fellers
Location: Not currently on view
Eight Scenes of Cherry Blossoms
Yoshida Hiroshi was a leading figure in the shin-hanga, or “new print,” movement after the end of the Meiji period in 1912. He was primarily a painter until his late 40s, when he became fascinated with woodblock printing. Although his subject matter—as here, temples, landscapes, and cherry blossoms—was often reliant on that of the earlier ukiyo-e, or “floating world,” print, Yoshida departed from tradition in his working technique. Unlike ukiyo-e artists, who followed the customary strict division of labor between designer, carver and printer, Yoshida was closely involved in all parts of the printmaking process, including the design of the key blocks, choice of colors and supervision of the printmakers. Occasionally, he carved the printing blocks himself.
Yoshida traveled throughout the world and was an avid mountain climber. These interests are reflected in the subject matter of his prints, which include images of alpine scenes, the Sphinx, the Taj Mahal and Mount Rainier. His work was extremely popular with Western collectors; he was one of the only shin-hanga artists to sign and title his prints in English.
[Gallery label text, 2006]