Morning Mist in Taj Mahal No. 5

Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博 (1876-1950)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1932
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 40.6 x 54.8 cm (16 x 21 9/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of H. Ed Robison in memory of Katherine W. Robison
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

Japan, Showa era (1926 - 1989), tomb

To 1996
Henry Edwin Robison (1913-2008), Palo Alto, CA, to 1996

From 1996
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, given by Henry Edwin Robison in 1996

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Henry Edwin Robison 1913-2008


This is one of two large prints of the Taj Mahal, the last of the six that Yoshida produced of this subject, that are masterpieces among the aritist's prints of the famous monument.  The large format of these prints, which were both created by varying the colors applied to a single set of blocks, greatly increased the technical difficulty of printing.  This view of the Taj Mahal in the early morning shows a soft bluish mist rising from the ground, while the night scene (S1996.25), printed from the same set of fourteen blocks, effectively captures the effect of moonlight reflecting from the pristine white marble tomb.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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