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Yoshihara Hideo Print, âRoad of Northâ 1967

Yoshihara Hideo Print, “Road of North” 1967


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Yoshihara Hideo, “Road of North” 1967 51 x 33 cm (20 x 13 inches). Toning, especially on back. It is matted and enclosed in a wooden frame. Yoshihara Hideo (1931-2007) was born in Hiroshima and graduated High School in industrial Osaka. Coming of age in a time of great societal upheaval, he studied initially under Gutai artist Yoshihara Jiro and was a member the Gutai group of experimental artists when it was founded in 1954 however left in ’55 to join the “Demokrato Artists Association” where he was inspired to take up lithography by the group leader, printmaker Shigeru Izumi. During this time, Yoshihara started to produce prints, and “Sunflower” (1956) won him a place in the first International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo in 1957. He joined the Japan Print Association in 1959, after which his work steadily went more abstract into the 1960s. His experiments with lithograph and etching on a single sheet of paper brought not only praise for his mastery of skill but also the sense of tension resulting from advantages of each characteristic to the surface. This unique mixture of different techniques was highly lauded. Yoshihara submitted his works to a variety of national and international exhibitions. At the Tokyo International Print Biennale of 1968 he was awarded the Award of tte Minster of Education prize. In 1969, he won the Bridgestone Museum Award at the Japan Art Exhibition, and received the Geijutsu Sensho Award the following year. Toward the end of the ’60s, he started to combine lithography and copper-printmaking techniques to create unique pieces, which have since been highly acclaimed and shown in many major exhibitions. Together with other print artists of his generation such as Masuo Ikeda and Ay-O, Yoshihara has left a lasting impact on postwar Japanese printmaking. Work by him is held in the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Museum of Fine Art in San Francisco, Musuem of Modern Art in New York, Los Angelse County Museum of Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the British Museum among others. The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama held a major retrospective of his work in 2011. For more see “Collecting Modern Japanese Prints: Then & Now” (Tolman, 2012). His break with Gutai is examined in the book “Gutai: Decentering Modernism” (U of Chicago 2011).