This is a delightfully whimsical mezzo tint print by the modern master, Saito Kaoru. The print is entitled "Kakurennbo - Hide and Seek" and portrays a charming little bunny rabbit peeking out of a box with the words "Mr. Jack" on the side. The print is mint condition, never framed and is number 12 in an edition of 93 - printed in 1991. The image itself measures 7 1/4" by 6 1/2" and the total print with border measures 13 1/2" by 12".
Saito Kaoru lives in Kanagawa Prefecture, where he was born. He is basically self-taught in the difficult mezzotint medium. Along with Hamaguchi and Hamanishi, Saito is one of the finest artists in mezzotint working in Japan today, and his prints have a finish and perfection which would be difficult to equal.
The process includes scratching hundreds, if not thousands of passes across a metal plate until the entire surface has a rough, uniform texture. The plate would print solid black if it were now run through the press. A burnishing tool is then used to rub smooth the areas which will print from grey to white.