Kanchenjunga – Noon

Artist: Yoshida Hiroshi 吉田博 (1876-1950)
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1931
Ink and color on paper
H x W: 27.5 x 40.7 cm (10 13/16 x 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, landscape, Showa era (1926 - 1989)

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


The majestic peak of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, rises on the border between Nepal and Sikkim.  This series of three prints reveals Yoshida's sensitivity to the nuances of light in mountainous regions, such as those in Japan where he spent time hiking and camping each year and sought out while he was traveling abroad.  Using methods he had first experimented with in 1921 for a series of four prints of sailboats, Yoshida used a single set of woodblocks to create these three prints of Kanchenjunga at different time of day.  Selecting colors and overprinting many times in this customary technique, he evoked the cool, clear tones of early morning light, the bright sky of midday, and the glimmer of sunlight on the snowy peak in late afternoon.

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