YOSHITOSHI MORI (1898-1992)
Ronin Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Kappazuri prints by Yoshitoshi Mori. Kappazuri is a traditional Japanese printing technique using stencils. Yoshitoshi Mori’s work has a unique strength and purity of line that make them immediately recognizable. They depict the full gamete Japanese culture from warriors, courtesans, and kabuki actors to scenes of everyday life. Yoshitoshi was born in Tokyo in 1892. He studied art at the Kawabata School of Fine art and worked as a textile designer and stencil dyer. He was a member of the mingei folk craft movement in Japan and was a close friend with its founder Yanagi Soetsu. It was not until he was almost 60 years old that he turned to print making and became one of the leading artists of the Sosaku Hanga movement. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Maryland University in 1984 and was formally honored by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in 1991. His prints are in major museums of the world such as the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.