Capturing the scenic beauty of places through art is a skill that several artists have a keen eye and hand for, and their talent seeps through their vivid paintings. 

Taking inspiration from his travels to South Asia in the 1930s, renowned 20th-century Japanese artist and woodblock printmaker, Hiroshi Yoshida, put together a collection of shin-hanga prints from the places he visited in India. 

Shin-Hanga is an art movement that revolutionized the style of prints in Japan from their traditional ukiyo-e style towards a more western approach. The shin-hanga style comprises landscape prints, birds and flowers, and prints of actors and beauties.

A look at the Shin-hanga art style

Hiroshi Yoshida followed this style for his landscape art as well. He was one of the few Japanese artists at the time who made it a point to travel the world and practice his art in different cities. His artwork and prints were a true reflection of his love for travelling and seeing the world. 

What was most unique about his woodblock style was how he incorporated Japanese elements while painting non-Japanese subjects. 

His journey to India was his fourth trip abroad. During his time here, he made numerous prints of well-known and recognized monuments such as the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, Victoria Memorial and many more.

Paintings Of India During The 1930s

Here is a compilation of some of Hiroshi Yoshida’s best artwork for you to dive into and explore.

Ghats in Banaras
Taj Mahal, Agra
Moonlight of the Taj Mahal
Snake charmers in India

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Window in Fatehpur Sikri
Jama Masjid, Delhi
Udaipur Palace
Ajmer Gate, Jaipur
The Golden Temple, Amritsar
Victoria Memorial, Calcutta

A glimpse at these paintings gives us an artistic and aesthetic image of what India looked like during the 1930s. His elegant and sophisticated style is a true celebration of India’s history and has perfectly captured the picturesque scenes of our country.

Image Credits: Google Images 

Sources: Scroll,  The British Museum, Britannica 

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