'Village Temple'

This woodblock depicts a Village Pagoda or Temple in classic Saitō style.  He employed a very modernistic and contemporary approach in his art.  This print bears Saitō's cipher in the block.  This mid-century modern-style woodblock print was produced in 1958.  The print size is 16" x 11.5", and the frame measures 20" x 14".  Kiyoshi was a sōsaku-hanga artist in 20th-century Japan. In 1938, he issued his first prints in his now famous "Winter in Aizu" series. Saitō was one of the first Japanese printmaking artists to have won at the São Paulo Biennale in 1951.  His early works depict villages populated with local Japanese with a high degree of realism and three-dimensionality. Saitō's more mature works merge modern elements with Japanese tradition.  Saitō' spent time in Paris, and produced a series of prints there.   P4594   $395

Kiyoshi Saitō (1907-1997) 'Village Temple'