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Yoshida: Three Generations of Japanese Printmaking

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Meet the Yoshida dynasty of artists. Featuring over 75 exquisite prints, this exhibition journeys from the rich, nostalgic landscapes of the prolific artist and patriarch of the family, Hiroshi to the abstract work of the family’s later and current generations.

The first of its kind in the UK – and Europe more widely – this exhibition shines a spotlight on three generations of woodblock print artists including Yoshida Hiroshi, Fujio, Tōshi, Hodaka Chizuko and Ayomi, tracing the evolution of Japanese printmaking across two centuries.

The exhibition will culminate with a new site-specific installation of cherry blossom by Yoshida Ayomi, Hodaka’s and Chizuko’s daughter.

  • Yoshida Hiroshi, Morning on Mount Tsurugi, 1926, Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.

    Yoshida Hiroshi, Morning on Mount Tsurugi, 1926, Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.
  • Yoshida Toshi, Shinjuku, 1938, Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum

    Yoshida Toshi, Shinjuku, 1938, Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum
  • Yoshida Hiroshi, Grand Canyon, 1925, Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.

    Yoshida Hiroshi, Grand Canyon, 1925, Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.
  • Yoshida Fujio, Yellow Iris, 1954, Private Collection, Photograph by Mareo Suemasa.

    Yoshida Fujio, Yellow Iris, 1954, Private Collection, Photograph by Mareo Suemasa.
  • Yoshida Hiroshi, El Capitan, 1925. Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.

    Yoshida Hiroshi, El Capitan, 1925. Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.
  • Yoshida Hiroshi, Kumoi Cherry Trees, 1926. Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.

    Yoshida Hiroshi, Kumoi Cherry Trees, 1926. Courtesy Fukuoka Art Museum.

Yoshida: Three Generations of Japanese Printmaking will feature loans from international and private collections. The majority of works by Yoshida Hiroshi will be on loan from the Fukuoka Art Museum in Japan and are travelling to the UK for the first time. The exhibition is curated by Dr Monika Hinkel with support from Helen Hillyard, Curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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About the Yoshida family

Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950)
The exhibition will open with work by Yoshida Hiroshi, one of Japan’s greatest artists. A pioneer of the shin hanga movement, he travelled across the world and gained an international reputation for his woodblock prints of American and European landscapes. New research will provide an insight into Hiroshi’s time in London, including his visit to Dulwich Picture Gallery in 1900, and his signature in the Gallery’s visitor book.

Yoshida Fujio (1887–1987)
Works by Yoshida Fujio, a renowned water colourist, painter and printmaker, will be exhibited in the UK for the first time. Fujio was married to Hiroshi and travelled with him across the USA and Europe, exhibiting her delicate water colours of Japan to acclaim.

Yoshida Tōshi (1911–1995) and Yoshida Hodaka (1926–1995)
The exhibition will also showcase prints by Hiroshi’s and Fujio’s sons, Tōshi and Hodaka, both of whom brought post-war abstraction to the Japanese printmaking process.

Yoshida Chizuko (1924–2017)
Yoshida Chizuko, who married Hodaka, was a renowned artist and co-founder of the first group of female printmakers in Japan, the Women’s Print Association. Her works were said to have connected popular art movements such as Abstract Expressionism and traditional Japanese printmaking.

Yoshida Ayomi (b. 1958)
The exhibition will culminate with a new site-specific installation of cherry blossom by Yoshida Ayomi, Hodaka’s and Chizuko’s daughter. The youngest member of the Yoshida printmaking family, Ayomi’s practice combines traditional Japanese printmaking techniques with modern elements, often utilising organic materials, and she has been exhibited at major international institutions.