Three Toshi Yoshida prints came up for auction recently and whilst I don’t own them I’ve posted images of them here for reference as they are rare prints. I’ve definitely not seen the first two before, the third is a little familiar but I’m not sure.
The images of the prints all appeared to be photo’s of the prints which tends to wash out the colours (as opposed to scanning which does the opposite, it usually enhances the colours). I’ve therefore tweaked the colour on all the images a bit. I adjusted the ‘detail’ images just to make the titles etc clearer to read.
I’d be interested to hear if anyone has seen these prints before and knows if they (the two marked H.C) actually went into production, were they open editions or a limited edition. Given the image size of “Komako’s Reverie = Snow Country I” I suspect that print would possibly be a limited edition but it’d be great if someone has any info on these prints. Dave Bull (from http://woodblock.com and http://mokuhankan.com) has provided some background information about these prints in the comments section below so be sure to read that.
“Komako’s Reverie = Snow Country I”
This print is pencil signed, dated 1986 and is annotated H.C (Hors Commerce) so is not from the ‘for sale’ production run – assuming there was one? The print is large at 28 x 20″ plus margins. It was auctioned in Japan and then resold on eBay for a healthy $1000USD.
“Snowstorm and Yoko = Snowcountry II”
This print is pencil signed, dated 1986 and is annotated H.C (Hors Commerce) so is not from the ‘for sale’ production run – assuming there was one? Unfortunately I didn’t note the measurements for this and the following print.
“Autumn, Izu Dancing Girl”
This print is pencil signed, dated 1988 and is a limited edition print numbered 1/100. The ‘Izu’ part of the title is not to clear but I think it’s correct. Toshi produced another print called “Izu Dancing Girl” in 1988, that one predominately shows a dancing girl.