Original Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997) Japanese Woodblock Print
Nude (D), 1966
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 - Beautiful modern portrait of a nude with her arms raised, one hand resting against the back of her head. A subtle texture fills the background and the body, with flowing lines following the contours within the form. The long dark hair is rendered in a flat black, creating a subtle contrast against the pearly silver pigment of the figure and ground. A light aqua blue glows through the textured layers of gray and silver on the nude. A handsome, signed and numbered limited edition design in a large format that would make a fine framed presentation.
- Signed in white ink within the image; titled, numbered, and dated 1966 in pencil in bottom margin
Artist - Kiyoshi Saito (1907 - 1997)
Image Size - 20 3/4" x 15 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two minor tears at bottom edge, repaired. Slight toning, a few spots in margins, slight soiling and a few creases at bottom edge, small rubbed spot in lower margin. Please see photos for details. Good overall.