Fine woodblock print from the "Maiko (Kyoto)" series, 1960, pencil signed at left and bearing red seal, by the important post-war Japanese sosaku hanga artist KIYOSHI SAITO (1907-1997). Saito was one of the first woodblock artists from Japan to be widely accepted by an international audience. After the war his work was exhibited at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1951, and the recognition achieved there launched his commercial international career. He is considered today one of the undisputed masters of post-war woodblock art. The artist's imagery includes figures and traditional landscapes, in a distinctive modern style but paying homage to the centuries old woodblock tradition in Japan. Saito lived to a great age and prospered from his long and successful career. This example is very clean and in excellent condition, with rich colors. Measurements are 15 1/4" by 10" (20 1/2" by 15 1/4" as nicely framed--no mat). Allow for reflections in many images. Found in Bar Harbor, Maine.
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