Tōshi Yoshida
Komako's Reverie: Snow Country I

Tōshi Yoshida “Komako's Reverie: Snow Country I” 1986 main image
Artist
Tōshi Yoshida 吉田遠志
Title
Komako's Reverie: Snow Country I
Series title
Date
Medium
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
75.0 × 57.0 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
Edition size
100
Posthumously restruck
No
Carver
Printer
Subjects
Snow and ice
Nobel Committee commission
Remarks
"...made by Toshi-sensei for a commission that came to him from the Nobel prize committee in the mid 1980-s. They wanted to have some special items honouring Kawabata Yasunari, who had previously been awarded the prize for literature... One day he brought something to show us – the letter that he had received from the Prize Committee commissioning the works; he was quite proud of the fact that no price had been set – this was completely up to his own discretion... Another detail I remember about this set is that it was my first experience of seeing the Yoshida zinc blocks. The figure of Komako is not carved in wood, but is done with a zinc plate (produced by a commercial company from Toshi-san’s drawing). The colours were then printed in the normal way with wood. I think for these prints it would have been shina plywood." David Bull
References
Reference number
YT405