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Japanese Color Woodblock and Photoengraving Print


by Yoshida Hodaka, 1972-1973

IHL Cat. #397

About This Print

Source: "Magic, Artifact, and Art," Eugene M. Skibbe, appearing in A Japanese Legacy: Four Generations of Yoshida Family Artists, Laura W. Allen, Kendall H. Brown, Eugene M. Skibbe, et. al., The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2002, p.117.

"There is no nature in this landscape.  Only parts of humans and of machines." - Hodaka Yoshida

This print, while undated, was created in the early 1970s as part of a series of fabricated landscape prints during the artist's Mythology and Landscape phase (1966-74).  In describing these landscape prints, Skibbe states, "Hodaka began his landscape prints in 1970, and they partly paralleled and partly replaced his mythology series.  As in the mythology prints, he drew inspiration from Pop art and continued to use collage techniques for his compositions.  But in the landscapes, he portrayed the devastating effects of pollution on the environment.... For these prints, Hodaka again cut pictures out of magazines: men and women, clothed or unclothed, pieces of fabric, junked cars, wristwatches, portable radios, paper currency, whiskey bottles, and the like.  He then cut each image into a collage, with the whole appearing a bit like a landscape....He then photographed the collage.  A photoetched zinc plate inked with black supplied the details for the final image, while woodblocks provided the colors."  

This print was included in the print portfolio accompanying the deluxe limited edition (limited to 300 copies) of Gaston Petit's 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, published in 1973.  Each print in the folio was placed in its own cover as is shown below for Yoshida Hodaka's print. The other four prints in the portfolio were created by the artists Fukita Fumiaki (1926-?), Akiro Kurosaki (b. 1937), Tamura Fumio (b. 1941) and Funasaka Yoshisuke (b. 1939). To view Funasaka's contribution, go to this collection's print Blue and White Space, IHL Cat. #1579.  

folio cover sheet

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #397
 Title  Paradise
 Series  n/a
 Yoshida Hodaka  (1926-1995)
 Pencil signed by artist - Hodaka Yoshida in English lower right margin
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1972-1973
 Edition  75 of 300
 Publisher  self-published
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  included in the five print portfolio accompanying the deluxe limited edition version of Gaston Petit's 44 Modern Japanese Print Artists, published by Kodansha International Ltd. in 1973
 H x W Paper  11 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. (29.8 x 29.8 cm)
 H x W Image  7 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (20 x 20 cm)
 Collections This Print  Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington FA 98.40.4
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