Special Exhibitions

Yoshida Hiroshi: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of His Death

January 26 (Tue) – March 28 (Sun), 2021

Please note that admission may be restricted or numbered admission tickets issued at busy times of the day, to prevent overcrowding in the venue.

Born in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) aggressively studied Western-style painting in his young days. Through travels overseas, he absorbed the world’s cultures and, amid that experience, formulated his own expressive style and technique. After achieving renown as a landscape painter, Yoshida in the second half of his career took up the challenge of the woodblock print and pioneered new possibilities in printmaking. Walking deep in the mountains, he experienced nature intensely and depicted the movement of light and flowing water with great sensitivity, using sophisticated techniques astonishing even to Western experts. Yoshida Hiroshi—an artist who fused Western realism and traditional Japanese print art. To mark the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death, this exhibition will gather print works representing every stage of his development—from his earliest prints to his masterpieces, together with his woodblocks and sketchbooks—to reveal the full scope of Yoshida’s print art.

  1. 1. Woodblock prints that enamored the world
    YOSHIDA Hiroshi, who traveled the world creating works capturing nature’s vastness, had early opportunity to introduce his fresh woodblock prints in the United States and other countries. Today, his prints are rated higher than in even in his lifetime. The late Princess Diana and psychiatrist Sigmund Freud were among those enamored by Yoshida’s work.
  2. 2. Unique color expression and printing techniques born of relentless research
    As seen in his “Sailboat” series, YOSHIDA Hiroshi captured the momentary effects of light and atmosphere by reusing the same woodblocks and varying their ink colors. Through relentless research into printing techniques—overprinting with an average 30 blocks for complex color expression and printing supersize prints with large blocks—he achieved striking originality.
  3. 3. Travels and Scenery
    YOSHIDA Hiroshi depicted landscapes ceaselessly, based on sketches he drew on-site at locations around the world. As an artist who yearned to depict the earth’s beauty and grandeur—from the natural landscapes of the United States, Europe, and Asia to those of Japan’s Mt. Fuji, Alps, and calm Inland Sea, his prints record his travels and transport viewers to faraway worlds.




January 26 (Tue) – March 28 (Sun), 2021
Exhibition Rooms
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
*Advanced tickets on sale from January 12 (Tue) 10:00 to 25 (Mon), 2021

Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

  • ※Please see our website for details concerning advance tickets
  • ※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
  • ※In each case, please show identification
  • ※The exhibition can be viewed without an advance reservation. Limited entry may be enforced when the museum is crowded.
  • ※We recommend visiting on weekdays or early in the exhibition period, as it is expected to be crowded on weekends, public holidays, and late in the period.
  • ※Some artworks will be rotated during the exhibition period. Details will be posted on our special website.
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Mainichi Newspapers, Nikkei Inc.
Sponsored by
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, New Color Photographic Printing


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