Yoshida Hiroshi — Longing for Nature

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[Image: Hiroshi Yohida "Sunrise" from The Ten Views of Fuji (1926)]

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Yoshida Hiroshi (1876–1950) was a leading artist in the Western-style painting in the early 20th century Japan, working mainly in the genres of watercolor, oil painting and woodblock printing. He was one of the central figures of Japan’s first society of European-style paintings. He published his first woodblock prints based on his drawings at the age of 44 , followed by his first print collection when he was 49. He aspired to create a new artistic style by combining the realistic rendering of European paintings and traditional techniques of Japanese woodcut.

Having a great affinity for nature, Yoshida believed that the natural domain offered ultimate beauty for humans to enjoy. By expressing it through his works he endeavored to convey the beauty to people who were unable to directly appreciate it in that environment. Yoshida mainly depicted landscapes, which were produced through his extensive field trips in Japan as well as in other countries. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of his death, seventy masterpieces are exhibited, selected from his well-known works such as a collection of alpine beauty (Twelve Scenes in the Japan Alps), portrayals of transient seascape (The Inland Sea Series), and various landscapes based on his sketching journeys abroad.

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from May 22, 2020 to July 06, 2020

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Hiroshi Yohida

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