Yoshida, Hiroshi (1876 - 1950), "Mount Hodakadake"
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||Twelve Scenes in the Japan Alps|
|Edition||First; early red/brown jizuri seal|
|Publisher||The Artist - Privately Published|
|Reference No||Abe #29; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts|
|Size||10 -1/4 x 15 -1/2 "|
|Condition||Very fine, with fresh colors.|
Notes: Pencil signed and titled; with early red/brown jizuri seal. This extremely early state produces an almost painterly effect to this gorgeous landscape scene.
Mount Hodaka is one of seven prints Hiroshi originally made for the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo, who owned the Watanabe Print Shop in Tokyo. The blocks and prints for all of Hiroshi's "Watanabe Prints" were lost during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Hiroshi had, however, kept a few prints for himself and took them with him on his third trip to the United States, which explains how these rare works came to be in American collections. Lamenting their destruction, Hiroshi remade the prints after he set up his own printmaking studio in his (Tokyo) home. He reprinted Mount Hodaka almost exactly under the same title in 1926 for the Twelve Scenes in the Japan Alps series. He also made several monumental oil paintings of Mt. Hodaka during his career and loved the mountain so deeply, in fact, that he named his second son after it.
Provenance: The Yoshida Family Collection.