Saito Kiyoshi: Maiko Kyoto (G)
Japan, Showa period, 1961
Colour woodblock print, ink and colour on paper, edition 168/300, artist's seal, with signature and title in pencil. Good colours, good condition, some foxing.
From the series Maiko Kyoto.
Kiyoshi Saitō (Saitō Kiyoshi, April 27, 1907 – November 14, 1997, born in Aizubange, Fukushima), is often credited with earning legitimacy for the sosaku hanga movement by winning a first prize at the 1951 Sao Paulo Biennale with his print Steady Gaze, where it was judged against paintings as well as other prints. Initially a painter himself, Saito was self-taught as a printmaker and strongly influenced by the work of Edward Munch and Piet Mondrian, as well as by that of Onchi. In woodblock printing, Saito masterfully incorporated grain patterns into his figurative compositions; he also worked in collograph and drypoint. Saito's work held great appeal for Western collectors during the 1950s and 60s and remains notable for its combination of cultural sensibilities.