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Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

Kiyoshi Saito (Japan, 1907–97)

Kiyoshi Saito was born in Fukushima Prefecture in 1907. At the age of five, he moved to Otaru in Hokkaido, where he would come to serve as an apprentice to a sign painter. Saito became infatuated with art after studying drawing with Gyokusen Narita and moved to Tokyo in 1932 to study Western-style painting at the Hongo Painting Institute. He began experimenting with woodblock prints and exhibiting his works with Nihon Hanga Kyōkai in 1936. Saito mainly worked in oil painting until his invitation from Tadashige Ono to join the Zokei Hanga Kyokai in 1938, at which time Saito made the woodblock print his primary medium. He worked with the Asahi Newspaper Company in 1943, where he met Kōshirō Onchi. This chance encounter led to an invitation to Ichimoku Kai and membership to Nihon Hanga Kyōkai in 1944. 


Saito’s printmaking career was put on hold due to the war. During the occupation, he sold his first print in an exhibit with fellow artists Un’ichi Hiratsuka and Hide Kawanishi. In 1948, Saito exhibited at the Salon Printemps, an event sponsored by Americans for Japanese Artists. At the Sao Paulo Biennale of 1951, Saito won first place for his print Steady Gaze. In competition with Japanese oil painting and sculpture, this was a turning point for Japanese printmakers: For the first time in Japanese history, prints overtook painting. This achievement roused the Japanese art establishment. In 1956, Saito was sponsored by the state department and the Asia Foundation to travel and exhibit around the United States and Europe. As a sōsaku-hangaartist, Saito’s prints are self-drawn, self-carved and self-printed. His early works are distinguished by an attention to realism and three-dimensionality. As his style evolved, his prints became flattened and two-dimensional, featuring strong and refined designs with color and texture. Kiyoshi Saito passed away in 1997.

(Biography provided by Reeves Antiques)
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Kiyoshi Saito "Katsura Kyoto" Japanese Woodblock Print, 1962
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Washington, DC
Woodblock print by Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997). Titled in pencil with edition 139/200 and dated 1962.
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1960s Contemporary Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Paper, Ink

Children
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in San Francisco, CA
Artist: Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1997) Title: Children Year: Circa 1960 Medium: Color woodcut Edition: Unknown Paper: Japan Image (block mark) size: 9.5 x 4.25 inches...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Impressionist Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Children II
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in San Francisco, CA
Artist: Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1997) Title: Children II Year: Circa 1960 Medium: Color woodcut Edition: Unknown Paper: Japan Image (block mark) size: 9.85 x 5.35 inc...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Impressionist Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"Oribe Lantern and Screen" Japanese Minimal Wood Block Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Mabuchi Tōru (1920 – 1994) Pottery and Haniwa Figure 1960. Modern, Japanese style still-life print of an Oribe latern and screen. Signature and seal lower right. Mat board covers ma...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Terracotta, Haniwa Figure Kofun Period Woodcut Kiyoshi Saito
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Soquel, CA
Bold lithograph of a red Funerary statue (Haniwa) displayed in a black box or case by Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1997). The statue appears as if it is displayed in a museum case, ...
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1950s Abstract Impressionist Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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"Shoji Kyoto" Japanese Interior Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Japanese print with neutral tones. Signature and seal lower right. Mat board covers the margins which may have the title, date and the number of the edition. Visible: H 15.75 in. x W...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"Nara" Japanese Townscape
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Landscape print of small Japanese city, Nara (A). Signature and seal lower right. Mat board covers the margins which may have date, title and edition. Non-glare glass makes inspectio...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Japanese Minimal Interior Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Title Not Known, signature and seal lower right. Modern, interior Japanese print featuring dark tones with a splash of neon green. Mat board covers the m...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"Katsura Kyoto" Japanese Linear Architectural Wood Block Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Modern interior woodcut print of a Japanese style home. Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Katsura – Kyoto (H) 1962, signature and seal lower left. Mat board covers the margins which may h...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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"Kyoto And Window" Japanese Minimal Interior Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Kyoto and Window circa 1963 –1965; signature and seal lower right. Modern Japanese interior print with pops of gold and green. Mat board covers the margin...
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1960s Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

"Maiko Kyoto" Japanese Figurative Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Maiko Kyoto (B) 1959, portrait of a girl facing left, with black and white obi; strong woodgrain texture background. Signature and artist’s seal lower le...
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20th Century Modern Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Children
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in San Francisco, CA
Artist: Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1997) Title: Children Year: Circa 1960 Medium: Color woodcut Edition: Unknown Paper: Japan Image (block mark) size: 4.25 x 9.5 inches ...
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Mid-20th Century Abstract Impressionist Kiyoshi Saitō Prints and Multiples

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