Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2009
Japanese today take overseas travel for granted, but not so long ago, artists’ paintings of faraway places gave ordinary folks a glimpse of an outside world few had seen. Early modern landscape painter Hiroshi Yoshida and his wife Fujio were avid travelers whose “exotic” images of distant lands became much in demand in the early 20th century. “The Yoshidas: A Family Journey in Art” looks at their lives and those of their children and grandchildren who continued to seek artistic inspiration abroad, painting and printmaking their way through the Americas, Europe, Africa and even Antarctica.
Mitaka City Gallery of Art
The Yoshidas: A Family Journey in Art. Various media. Until Oct 12, free (MS and under)/¥300 (HS, univ, 65 and over)/¥600 (general). 3-35-1 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi. Tel: 0422-79-0033. Open Tue-Sun 10am-8pm, closed Mon. Nearest stn: Mitaka. www.mitaka.jpn.org/gallery