Gift of Professor Ellen C. Oppler, in memory of Charlotte Oppler
Yoshida Hiroshi embraced Western approaches to drawing and painting and first mastered watercolors b(…)
Yoshida Hiroshi embraced Western approaches to drawing and painting and first mastered watercolors before turning to oil painting. Influenced by French impressionist style introduced to Japan by Japanese artists who had studied in France, Yoshida spent the better part of the years 1900-1907 in the U.S. and Europe, and gained financial success from the sale of his paintings. Yoshida did not discover an interest in woodblock printing until 1920. In 1925 he established his own printmaking studio and for the rest of his life devoted himself to this form of art. He became associated with the shin-hanga, or “new print” movement to revive traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking in Japan. In his prints, he combined the sophisticated techniques of ukiyo-e printmaking with Western-style images.