YOSHIDA -- "The Matterhorn, Day"

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Artist YOSHIDA, Hiroshi
Title "The Matterhorn, Day" ("Matahorun-yama")
Date 1925
Red "Jizuri seal" (right margin), artist's "pencil-signature" and "pencil-title" lower margin, "brush-signed" and "sealed" by artist within image.
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Army serviceman Col.Tom Y. Horton stationed in Tokyo 1946-47.
Series "Europe Series"
(1925, 11 prints)
Publisher Yoshida Family Studio
Seal, Carver/Printer Blocks cut by Watanabe.
Image Size LARGE 14 x 20 ("double-oban"), plus margins.
(16 1/2 x 21 1/2 overall)
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading throughout; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to buildings, mountain, and foreground; highly detailed carving, crisp lines.
Condition Very Good to Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Some scattered soft creasing, two tiny pin-holes center; light wear; slight toning.)
No prior mounts--stored since 1946.
Reference/Illus "The Complete Woodblocks of Hiroshi Yoshida" Abe #18; Blair 1930 Toledo Exhibition #222.
Comments A boldly designed large format ("double-oban") Matterhorn image. Seldom seen--impressively large format and difficult to print. One of Hiroshi's larger lifetime prints (quite difficult to print)--of which only about 50 prints were ever printed by the Yoshida Studio. "Ink-brushed" by Hiroshi into lower margin as a gift
"To my friend Lt. Col. Horton, Tokio June 8th, 1946."
An early, rarely seen print.
Item # BH-17
Price $3200 (Sold/FC)