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Chonin Temple Gate

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Originally a Western-style (yoga) painter, Yoshida Hiroshi turned to prints in his forties and gained international fame. His work reflected both movements in twentieth-century Japanese prints. Like the shin hanga (new prints) artists, he utilized Western pictorial techniques and a division of labor process. And like the sosaku hanga artists, he could do every stage of the printing. Since this was not possible with larger print runs, he personally approved each stage, stamping his prints jizuri (self-printed).In this print, the main gate of Kyoto's scenic Chion-in temple is shown from an angle, its imposing gate and bare stairs lightened by the touches of color in the cherry blossoms and visitors' clothing.