Today on Pinterest I came across some amazing woodblock printings from an artist I didn’t recognise. It struck me that, altho they reminded me of Hiroshige, when looking closer they looked more modern. The artist who made them is Hiroshi Yoshida.
Being born in 1876, he started out training in Western styles of painting, such as oil painting and even had exhibitions in the US and Europe. Later however he came in contact with woodblock printing, more precise with the Shin-hanga movement that revitalized traditional ukiyo-e art made famous by artists such as Hokusai and Hiroshige. While he kept making woodblock prints he would distance himself from this school and start his own.
Typical for Yoshida is that due to his extensive travels he didn’t limit himself to Japanese scenes: in 1931, a series of prints depicting scenes from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Singapore were published. Another characteristic of his prints is that he would often use the same blocks and varied the color to suggest different mood, such as in this “Sailing Boats Series” from 1926 (Afternoon, Evening, night).