Hokkaido (B), 1961

by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

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Hokkaido (B), 1961 by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

Original Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997) Japanese Woodblock Print
Hokkaido (B), 1961

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 image of a cart loaded with hay and a view of a grazing horse through a doorway. The color of the cart wheels changes from gray against the black body of the cart to black against the textured gray background, creating an interesting inverted effect. The doorway seems to be in ambiguous space, with the white mica horse almost floating in the distance. A great early, limited edition Saito design, signed and numbered on paper watermarked "Kiyoshi Saito." A terrific subject for a collector, a large format great for display.

Signed - Signed in white ink within the image with red artist's seal; titled, numbered, and dated 1961 in pencil in bottom margin
Numbered - 60/200

Artist - Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)

Image Size - 14 7/8" x 20 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Paper mounts on reverse at top and bottom edges from previous mounting. Slight toning, a few light creases. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Hokkaido (B), 1961 by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)
Hokkaido (B), 1961 by Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)