A True Hybrid Class of Prints

     

It is well established the Hiroshi Yoshida self published most of his woodblock prints.  He established his own studio, where the blocks for his prints were carved and the designs printed.  Around the time of his death in 1950, his older son, Toshi Yoshida, took over the studio. and in addition to the production of his own work, arranged for the posthumous printing of his father’s work, with printed Japanese and English signatures.  And of course, since Hiroshi was no longer around to give his approval, the posthumous prints do not have jizuri seals.

Coming from this background, it is not at all surprising that in the 1990s, when Toshi Yoshida’s final illness left him too weak to sing his prints, the Yoshida Hanga Studio, came up with the idea of a hybrid print, known as the Raised Seal Editions.  Although these prints have a printed English signature; there is an embossed artist’s seal (hence the term “raised”), signifying that Toshi was still alive.  After his death in 1995, when the works were truly posthumous, the raised seal was no longer used, and the name of printer was stamped on the reverse.

The bulk of the Raised Seal Edition designs draw from the unlimited edition pieces, although there are a few limited edition images of raised seal designs, which had been printed, but not yet signed.

Because the majority of our Toshi Yoshida prints were acquired directly from a family member, we have been able to acquire a limited number of Raised Seal works.

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Kilimanjaro Morning – Special Edition Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Kilimanjaro Morning – Special Edition $900
One Day in East Africa, No. 8 Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 One Day in East Africa, No. 8 $600
One Day in East Africa, No. 2 Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 One Day in East Africa, No. 2 $600
Cherry Blossoms Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Cherry Blossoms SOLD
Humming Bird and Fuchsia Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Humming Bird and Fuchsia $500
Plum Tree and Blue Magpie Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Plum Tree and Blue Magpie $350
White Plum in the Farmyard Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 White Plum in the Farmyard $350
Hikone Castle in Spring Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Hikone Castle in Spring $350
Morinji in Spring Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Morinji in Spring $350
Tsubakurodake, Evening Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Tsubakurodake, Evening $350
Bamboo Garden, Hakone Museum Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Bamboo Garden, Hakone Museum $350
From Katsuragiyama Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 From Katsuragiyama $300
Tiger (Profile) Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Tiger (Profile) $275
From the Ryogoku Bridge Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 From the Ryogoku Bridge $275
Linnoji Garden Yoshida, Toshi, 1911-1995 Linnoji Garden SOLD