Yoshida, Toshi (1911 - 1995), "Tenryu River"
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Publisher||The Artist - Privately Published|
|Reference No||Yoshida Hanga Collection: #014203; pg. 3|
|Size||10 -3/4 x 8 " (chuban size)|
|Condition||Fine, with fresh colors.|
Notes: Very faint residue on top/bottom reverse margins. Pencil signed by the artist.
During the war, the Japanese consciously eliminated English words from their language. Yet, as this print shows, Toshi continued his father's practice of writing an English title in the bottom margin of the print and signing his name in Roman letters. The Tenryu (Heavenly Dragon) River flows from the Sothern Alps of Nagano Prefecture into the sea near the city of Shizuoka. In this image, two boats guide loaded barges down the river. Toshi carved the blocks for this work himself, taking great care with the stones dotting the riverbank. He originally titled this print Kawara, dry riverbank.