Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博: Evening in Nara 奈良の夕 (Sold)

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Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) 吉田博
Title: Evening in Nara 奈良の夕 (First edition)
Date: 1933

Hanging lanterns glow a deep orange, lending gentle and timeless illumination to an evening scene of the Nigatsu-do pavilion of Todai-ji temple in Nara. We see a group of visitors admiring the view, which includes large conifer in the background. The culturally significant Todaiji Temple includes one of the largest wooden buildings in the world, and it was founded in 752. Sealed “Jizuri”, or “self-printed”, left margin. Some versions of this print seem to have been printed with shades of red on the pavilion, and some were printed in more of a deep brown-green palette, as here. Unfaded, as shown by the bright orange of the lamplight.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: 40 x 26.5 cm
Publisher: Self-published by the artist.
Literature: Ogura, Yoshida Hiroshi zenhangashu (The Complete Woodblock Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida), Abe Shuppan, Tokyo, 1987, p. 135, no. 185; Amy Reigle Stephens, ed., The new wave: Twentieth-century prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1993, p. 121, no. 109. See Minneapolis Institute of Art, Honolulu, Museum of Fine Art Boston.
Seal: Artist’s red seal, lower right and "jizuri" in left margin
Signature: Hiroshi Yoshida in pencil and Yoshida in ink