This work depicts an evening scene in a hot spring.
Yoshida Hiroshi, living during the time when the Creative Print (sôsaku hanga) movement was gaining strength in the 1920s and 1930s, was not a member of the Creative Print movement. Unlike those sôsaku hanga artists who did everything themselves, Yoshida Hiroshi had carvers and printers produce his prints. Yet, unlike the traditional Ukiyo-e artists, he assumed the supreme authority over the production process, supervising the carvers and painters.
With his training in Western-style painting with oil, Yoshida Hiroshi had incorporated such skills into his woodblock printing and created unprecedented and original prints of the time. Landscape was a major theme of his works; he depicted not only scenes of Japan but also those of abroad.
Light gray tango chirimen (silk crepe) damask with woven lozenge pattern; over this, paste-resist dyed "splotches" in blue, green and brown. Finally, embroidered autumn flowers: ominaeshi, hagi, chrysanthemums. Lining is plain weave silk, white above and butterscotch color below.
The entire top portion of this painting is seemingly blank, but represents the air and atmosphere. Below are mountains hugged by clouds and trees and vegetation in the phase of autumn.
The entire top portion of this painting is seemingly blank, but represents the air and atmosphere. This probably explains why the work has been attributed, perhaps falsely, to Bunsei, a specialist in atmospheric painting.