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Artist: Yoshida Tōshi (吉田遠志)

Lifetime: 1911 - 1995

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Biography:

"Toshi Yoshida was the eldest son of Hiroshi Yoshida. Under his father's influence, Toshi began to learn painting at age 3 and woodblock printing at age 13. In 1925-29 he studied oil painting at Taiheiyo Art School and in 1929 traveled with his father to India and Southeast Asia. In 1936 Toshi journeyed to China and Korea. In 1952-53 he visited the US and Europe where he exhibited works and lectured about woodblock prints. In 1954 he taught printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago. Toshi reached the same level of fame as his father did. and was a member of the school's faculty."

Quoted from: Selected Woodcuts by Jack Leissring.

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"While he was still a boy, Toshi showed promise of becoming an artist, and in addition to the training he absorbed by watching the artisans, his father started teaching him when he was fourteen. At twenty he began the four-year course at the Taiheiyo art school, a private school operated by the Taiheiyo Art Association. His father had helped found both, and was a member of the school's faculty.

Toshi's first prints were extremely close to his father's in style, and made by artisans, but in the meantime he was exploring new avenues in his oils. "My father loved the mountains," he says, "so I turned to the sea."

Quoted from: Modern Japanese Prints" by Oliver Statler.