Yoshida Hiroshi : A Retrospective

A painter dubbed the “demon of painting,” who continued to challenge the world with watercolors, oil paintings, and woodblock prints.
Princess Diana and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud were among those enamored by his work.

A retrospective exhibition commemorating 140 years since the birth of Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950), a leading landscape painter during the Meiji and Showa eras.
Hiroshi Yoshida was born in Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture. His budding talent then led him toTokyo in his mid-teens, where he studied Western-style painting at a private school under Shotaro Koyama. Known by his colleagues as the “demon of painting” for his uncompromising attitude, he traveled to the United States in 1899 where he held several exhibitions, and won acclaim for his watercolor painting technique and the high quality of his work. He later traveled around Europe and the United States, where he presented oil paintings and woodblock prints of various landscapes around the world and Japan, and continued his endeavors through the Taiheiyo Art Association and government-sponsored exhibitions.
Yoshida painted a myriad of landscapes to capture natural beauty and is also known for being particularly fond of capturing mountain peaks in his works; he even made a point of climbing the Japanese Alps every year. There is a rich expressiveness present throughout his works, underpinned by his careful attention to nature and assured technique, that has captivated many people both in Japan and around the world, and has left an indelible impression on the history of contemporary Japanese painting.
This exhibition features over 200 carefully-selected watercolors, oil paintings, and woodblock prints ranging from early in his career until his later years that capture the totality of Hiroshi Yoshida and his appeal.

Some of the displays will be changed during the exhibition. First half: July 8–30; Second half: August 1–27

Exhibition Details

From July 8th (Sat.) to August 27th (Sun.), 2017
(closed Mondays,except July 17th)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
Adults : 1200yen (1000yen)
University and High School Students (from 16 to 18 years) with ID : 800 yen (650yen)
65 years and more with ID : 1000yen
Junior High School Students (from 13 to 15 years) with ID : Free
Children (under 12 years) : Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art,
The Mainichi Newspapers.
Supported by
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.,
New Color Photographic Printing Co.,Ltd.
Cooperation with
Special Cooperation with
Fukuoka Art Museum

Pick up

《Cluster of Trees in Winter》
Yokohama Museum of Art
《A Canal in Venice》
Private collection
《The Sun Entering the Clouds》
Private collection
1912 – 26
Private collection
《Tsurugizan- Morning, Twelve Scenes in the Japan Alps》
Private collection
《Sailing Boats – Morning, The Inland Sea Series》
Private collection
Chiba City Museum of Art
《A Window in Fatehpur Sikri, India and Southeast Asia》
Private collection