CY93415 Contemporary Japanese stencil print by Yoshitoshi Mori (1898-1993) of a seated flute player with the red seal of the artist, pencil signature “Y.Mori”, dated ‘79 (1979) and numbered 69/70, measuring 17-1/4”x 13-1/2”, framed and glazed 21-1/2” x 17-1/4”. Fine Condition.
Private Collection, New York
James Eng, Seattle
Azuma Gallery, Seattle
For Another copy of this print see the exhibition catalogue “Yoshitoshi Mori” published by the Ronin Gallery New York 2015, p. 45.
“Yoshitoshi Mori was a Japanese artists 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 collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York to name only a few. “