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|Artist:||Saito, Kiyoshi (1907 - 1997)|
|Size:||11.5" x 16.5"|
|Condition:||Very good color, impression and overall state, full margins|
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Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997): A sosaku hanga (self-drawn, self-carved and self-printed) artist of the 20th century, Kiyoshi Saito was born in Sakamoto, Fukushima prefecture. At the age of five he moved to Otaru in Hokkaido and in his youth was an apprentice to a sign painter. He became infatuated with the art world after studying drawing with Narita Gyokusen and moved to Tokyo, where he studied Western-style painting at the Hongo Painting Institute. Saito mainly worked in oil painting until his invitation in 1938 to the Zokei Hanga Kyokai, to which he began to consider woodblock printing as a primary medium to work in. He began work on arguably his most well known series – "Winter in Aizu" – that same year.
Saito’s printmaking career was put on hold during the war where he worked for the Asahi Newspaper Company. Following the end of the war, he sold his first print in an exhibit with fellow artists Hiratsuka Un’ichi and Kawanishi Hide. His work began to gain acclaim and in 1951, he became one of the first Japanese print artists to win at the Sao Paulo Biennale for his piece Steady Gaze. This achievement roused the Japanese art establishment who had been previously been indifferent to printing. In 1956, Saito was sponsored by the State Department and the Asia Foundation to travel and exhibit around the United States and Europe and began to make a living off of his artwork.
Saito Kiyoshi’s early art is distinguished by an attention to realism and three-dimensionality. His later work turned to a search for a way to express the essentials of nature and the intellectual beauty of architecture; his prints became flattened and two-dimensional featuring strong and refined designs with color and texture.