Hiroshi Yoshida, Tyringham

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950)


oil on board painting, framed, signed H. Yoshida with the title (faintly) below, Tyringham 1905

11 3/4 by 17 7/8 in., 30 by 45.3 cm (sight)

In the summer of 1905 Yoshida stayed in the small village of Tyringham in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. It was the artist's second trip to America— a period during which he produced several nocturnes (although many of them unfinished) which suggest an influence by the work of James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), who had died the previous year and with whom he shared a patron, Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919). Another nocturne oil painting, Sunset in Tyringham (formerly in the Jacobs Collection, currently in the collection of the Fukuoka Art Museum) with the same measurements as this work is likewise dated 1905— an unusual detail as Yoshida rarely dated oils or watercolors.

This painting, Tyringham, depicts the figure of a woman obscured by shadows standing on a pathway beside a building which appears to be a residence. The soft shadows cast across the pale walls suggest a moonlit evening. Here also the darkness is broken by light emanating from within the structure which draws our attention towards the warm glow but also emphasizes the solitary figure in the foreground who is shut out from the comforts within.

A Master of Modern Landscape Painting: Hiroshi Yoshida Exhibition, Fukuoka Art Museum, 1996, p. 61 (Sunset in Tyringham)
Kendall H. Brown, et al., A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002, p. 37, cat. no. 5 (Sunset in Tyringham)

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