Yoshida Toshi: Springbirds
Japan, Showa period, 1982
Colour woodblock print, double oban, 54 × 34 cm (50 × 30 cm). Signed in pencil in Japanese. Perfect condition.
Springbirds is one of a series of four large prints of seasonal views of birds and flowers distributed by the Franklin Mint Gallery, through which Yoshida Toshi sold several series.
Tōshi Yoshida (吉田 遠志 Yoshida Tōshi?, July 25, 1911 - July 1, 1995), was a Japanese printmaking artist associated with the sōsaku-hanga movement, and son of shin-hanga artistHiroshi Yoshida.
In 1926, Tōshi chose animals as his primary subjects to distinguish himself from his father, who was a landscape printmaker. However, in the 1930s, Tōshi started making landscape paintings and prints similar to his father's works. Father and son traveled together and even painted side by side. From 1930 to 1931, Hiroshi and Tōshi traveled to India,Shanghai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Calcutta, and Burma.