Hiroshi Yoshida (Japanese, 1876-1950). Japanese shin-hang woodblock print titled "Kailasa Temple - Ellora" depicting a Kailasha, also known as Kailashanatha, temple, the largest of the rock-cut Hindu temples at the Ellora Caves near Sambhaji Nagar in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India, 1931. Jizuri seal along the left margin. Pencil signed and titled along the lower right; titled along the lower left margin; marked with Yoshida's seal in plate along the lower right; inscribed in Japanese along the left margin and further inscribed in English along the lower 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. No major creases; there are a few minor creases along the margins, which do not affect the center image. The sheet is toned as shown in the listing image. There is light wear along the upper and left margins, original to the artistic practice. To the right margin, there is an original ink residue. Very light undulation to the upper part of the print. Along the verso, the paper is toned; to the upper left margin, there is a light brown spot that does not affect the recto.
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