This January, Ronin Gallery will welcome the New Year with an exhibition of the masterworks of
Hiroshi Yoshida. Although widely traveled and knowledgeable of Western aesthetics, Hiroshi Yoshida
maintained an allegiance to traditional Japanese techniques and traditions. He was attracted by the calmer
moments of nature, imbuing his landscape prints with coolness, inviting meditation and setting a soft,
peaceful mood. Drawn from a private Midwestern collection, the exhibition Hiroshi Yoshida: Worldly
Visions presents both his revered views of Japan and those from his international travels. This exhibition
is available for viewing Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Born in Kyushu in 1876, Yoshida studied Western-style painting, winning many exhibition prizes and
making several trips to the U.S., Europe and North Africa to sell his watercolors and oil paintings. Yet, in
1920 Yoshida began to work as a woodblock print artist. It was not long before he became one of the
most prominent and popular of Japan’s color woodblock print artists. In 1925, Yoshida broke from
convention and started his own workshop, specializing in landscapes, both inspired by his native country
and his travels abroad. In 1930, he participated in the first major Shin Hanga exhibition, hosted in Toledo,
Ohio. His later prints increasingly express his passion for exploration, presenting views of Korea, China,
the U.S. and Europe.
While Yoshida is considered a member of the Shin Hanga or “new print” movement, after 1925, Yoshida
shed the division of labor so characteristic of traditional Japanese woodblock printing. He became
involved in every aspect of the process—designing the print, carving his own blocks, and printing his
own work— channeling the spirit of the Sosaku Hanga, or “creative print,” movement in his distinctly
Shin Hanga style. Yoshida’s prints are widely collected and housed in many major museums, including
the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Toledo Museum of Art, and the British Museum.
About Ronin Gallery
The Ronin Gallery is a leading family-owned Japanese and East Asian art gallery in New York City and
home to the largest private collection of 17th–21st century Japanese prints for sale in the United States.
Founded in 1975 in the Explorers Club Mansion of New York City, the gallery is now located on
Madison Avenue and 49th Street. For more information about the gallery and to access the gallery’s
online exhibits, visit: http://roningallery.com/.