Village of Mito

by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

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Village of Mito by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

Original Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997) Japanese Woodblock Print
Village of Mito

Kiyoshi Saito - Kiyoshi Saito was one of the greatest masters of the "sosaku hanga" or "creative print" movement in Japan, which emphasized artist involvement in designing, carving, and printing the blocks himself, as the sole creator of his work. In 1951, Saito earned international recognition with an award at the first Sao Paulo Art Biennal. Saito is known for his use of simplified forms and refined color palettes, emphasizing texture and shape and utilizing the impression of the wood grain. These bold and somewhat abstract modern works are simple and direct, reducing nature to its essentials. Saito exhibited widely and his works are held in the collections of many international museums.

Comments - Striking sosaku hanga view of the village of Mito, with farmers walking through the town, one carrying a large bundle of firewood on his back. Tall trees line the street along with traditional thatched-roof buildings castling long gray shadows. A wooded mountain fills the distance beneath a blue sky scattered with white clouds. The dark structure framing the scene at left adds a sense of depth and the feeling of moving from dark to light as you enter the image. A great design by this modern master.

Signed - Pencil signed within image with red artist's seal

Artist - Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

Image Size - 9 3/4" x 14 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at corner from previous mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Village of Mito by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)
Village of Mito by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)