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A Rare Woodblock Print by Kyoshi Saito–“Tenderness"

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A Rare Woodblock Print by Kyoshi Saito–“Tenderness"
This is a superb Japanese woodblock print by Kyoshi Saito; depicting a partial lady with hands in mudra, entitled "Tenderness". It is numbered 3/80 and dated 1959, is signed and with seal, and bears the original label "self carved self printed" on verso.

Saito did very few of these somewhat abstract two dimensional prints. The print is very lightly toned and has some slight wrinkling – not examined out of the frame. It measures 23” wide by 20” framed – the print itself measures 22 ½” wide by 18” high. We believe this was one of a group of prints made by Saito in Paris in the late 1950s.

Saitô Kiyoshi, 1907-1997, was born in Sakamoto, Fukushima prefectureAfter having a print accepted by the Kokugakai ("National Picture Association"), Saitô began to seriously pursue printmaking. In 1938 he issued his first prints in his now famous "Winter in Aizu" series. After steadily gaining recognition, he won first prize in 1951 at the Sao Paulo, Brazil international biennial exhibition. Saitô's prints have been especially popular in the west, although his works are appreciated in Japan as well.

Saito's early works depict villages populated with local Japanese with a high degree of realism and three-dimensionality. His more mature works merge modern elements with Japanese tradition. Saito's prints became areas of flat color with visible wood grain from the block, incorporating elements of modernism with nature. He spent time in Paris, and did a series there.

Kiyoshi Saito works are in numerous collections including: Cincinnati Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco; New York Public Library; Art Institute of Chicago; Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art; Kanagawa Prefectural Museum.

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