Mori, Yoshitoshi (1898 - 1992)

Nasu no Yoichi

Medium: Mezzotint
Date: 1971
Size (H x W): 27 x 23.5 (inches)
Seals: Yoshitoshi
Edition: 46/50
Signature: Yoshitoshi Mori
Conditon: Very good color, impression and state



Illustrated in Yoshitoshi Mori catalog pg 27

About the artist

Yoshitoshi Mori was a 20th century Japanese artist who specialized in kappazuri stencil prints. For many years he belonged to the Mingei folk craft movement, where he produced stencil-dyed textiles and other textile arts. It was not until the 1950s that Mori began to work with paper, yet he quickly became known as one of the foremost artists of the Sosaku Hanga movement. Yoshitoshi Mori is said to have influenced several major 20th century print artists, including Shiko Munakata and Hiromitsu Takahashi.

Mori's prints depict the past world of Tokyo's plebeian lowlands, the so-called Shitamachi, with its festivals, craftsmen and women of the demimonde. The mainstay of his great talent lies in his ability to not merely capture detail, but to boldly evoke emotions through his highly stylized designs.

Mori exhibited his works in numerous one-man shows in Japan in the 1960s and took part in 30 international exhibitions between 1957 and 1977. Within the United States, his work can be found in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to name only a few.