Hiroshi Yoshida (Japanese, 1876-1950). Japanese shin-hanga woodblock print titled "Jami Masjid, Delhi" depicting a crowded Jami Masjid, a mosque in Old Delhi, India, 1931. The building was constructed in 1650-56 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, a noted patron of Islamic architecture. Early red jizuri seal along the left margin. Pencil signed along the lower right; titled along the lower left; marked with Yoshida's seal in plate along the lower left; further inscribed in Japanese along the left margin. The jizuri "self-printed" seal indicates that the printing process was directly supervised by him and that he played an active role in the creation of this print. These seals were typically reserved for only the highest quality impressions as decided by Yoshida.
One of the leading figures in the Japanese Shin-hanga movement, Hiroshi Yoshida was born in Fukuoka in 1876. In 1893, he moved to Kyoto and studied yoga and nihonga styles of painting and watercolors. It came only in middle age he started collaborating with the shin-hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Despite his late debut as a shin-hanga printmaker, he successfully put himself on the map as the greatest artist of the shin-hanga style and is especially noted for his excellent landscape prints. His prints are highly recognized in both Japan and overseas.Height: 15 3/4 in x width: 11 in.
No visible tears, losses, or signs of restoration under UV light. The color is bold and bright. The sheet is toned as shown in the listing image. There are light creases along the margins, which do not affect the center image. There is light undulation along the upper margin. To the left sky, there is a minute spot that is fluorescent under UV light. Along the right margin, there is an area where the foxing began to form; please see the listing image. To the upper left corner, there is light grey spot. Along the verso, the sheet is toned; along the upper margin, there is light skimming to the upper right corner. To the upper left corner, there is a light grey mark, possibly from the previous mat, that is lightly seen through from the recto under the racking light.
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