Yoshida 吉田博: Sumida River-- Afternoon 東京拾二題 隅田川 (Sold)

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Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博 (1876-1950)
Title: Sumida River-- Afternoon 東京拾二題 隅田川
Series: Twelve Views of Tokyo (Tokyo juni-dai)
Date: 1926

Sumidagawa, Afternoon.  Boats ply the Sumida River, which sparkles against the unseen sun that must be overhead,  while passengers await a ferry at a landing in the right foreground. The watercraft are mostly sailboats, and the passengers on the  dock wear traditional Japanese kimono. The Tokyo skyline also looks as though it could be from a century or two earlier, as we see nary a modern building. This work evokes Manet and other French Impressionists. Yoshida published this work in several color versions that indicate different times of day and atmospheric conditions, with this one showing the light of afternoon.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Minor label remnants, verso and minor creases in margins.
Dimensions: ôban (27.3 x 40.2 cm)
Publisher: Self-published by the artist.
Literature: Abe catalog number 59. See Swinton’s “Terrific Tokyo” (1999), number 38. Brown, Kendall H. & Goodall-Cristante, Hollis, Shin-Hanga, New Prints in Modern Japan, 1996, p. 44, fig. 42. Ogura, Yoshida Hiroshi zenhangashu (The Complete Woodblock Prints of Hiroshi Yoshida), Abe Shuppan, Tokyo, 1987, p. 68, no. 57. Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 120, no. 3-27.
Seal: artist’s red seal, lower left and jizuri in left margin
Signature: Hiroshi Yoshida in pencil and Yoshida in ink