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Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)
harbour scene
watercolor on paper with pencil details; signed Hiroshi with artist's rectangular seal Hiroshi, ca. 1938-1941
signatureIn 1938, Hiroshi Yoshida was sent to Central China by the Japanese government's Department of Military Affairs as a war painter. A second trip in 1939 to the Yangtze River basin resulted in several woodblock print depicting scenes from the area. During a third trip in 1940 he witnessed a number of land and sea battles. This painting of a busy fishing harbor has little to identify the subject, however the nationalistic touch of the Japanese flag on several of the modest commercial vessels seems to indicate that it dates to around the time of the war; perhaps the unusual color of the water is indicative of the Yangtze (Yellow River). The painting style itself, with pencil work delineating separations of colors, seems to be working towards developing the design into a woodblock print. As most of the prints Hiroshi designed during the war period were not released until after the war due to paper shortages, it is not surprising that this work was never fully developed into a woodblock print. See Yasunaga Koichi, in A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists, 2002, p. 43
10 3/8 by 14 1/2 in.
26.2 by 36.7 cm
$3,200


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