New to the Collection: Hiroshi Yoshida


 

Over a lifetime, Karen F. Beall and Dale K. Haworth have traveled the world and collected with care. Since 2017, the couple have given over sixty artworks to the Stanley Museum of Art that reflect an astounding range, including prints from around the world and exquisite American ceramics.

Beall began her career at the National Gallery of Art and later became Curator of Fine Prints at the Library of Congress, where she served for over two decades. Haworth hails from the Midwest and earned his PhD in Art History from the University of Iowa in 1960 focusing on early Christian mosaics in Italy. From there, he went on to secure multiple prestigious fellowships, including the Danforth, two Fulbrights, and a Bush Foundation grant as professor of art history at Carleton College. As director of the Carleton Art Gallery, he curated over a hundred exhibitions and led countless study visits all over the world.

Gifts from Bealle and Haworth include avant-garde contemporary Eastern-European works made by artists who once worked behind the Iron Curtain, old master prints, and Japanese woodblocks, including this remarkable print by Hiroshi Yoshida (1876–1950) acquired by the museum in 2019. Yoshida trained in western-style painting in his youth. In the wake of the catastrophic Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Yoshida went abroad to the US and Europe. In 1925 Yoshida returned to Japan and translated his oil and watercolors of European and American landscapes into a series of woodblock prints. The idyllic Swiss town cradled in the valley of the Alps seen in Matterhorn–Night (1925) is one exquisite example. We see in works like these the aesthetic foundation for Japanese graphic novels and animated films that integrate Japanese and Western sensibilities in unexpected ways. Such work exemplifies the transformative power of art and travel that Beall and Haworth embody in the passionate life and work they’ve shared together.


Hiroshi Yoshida Japanese, 1876–1950

Matterhorn – Night

, 1958
Wood block print on paper, 21 5/16 x 15 1/4 in. (54.13 x 38.74 cm)
Gift of Karen F. Beall in honor of Dale K. Haworth, 2020.42