Re: Kiyoshi Saito WoodBlock Prints

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Posted by Philippe Callier on March 28, 1998 at 01:54:23:

In Reply to: Kiyoshi Saito WoodBlock Prints posted by Richard Porcelli on March 20, 1998 at 20:38:20:

: I have a collection of Kiyoshi Saito woodblock prints that I have saved for more than 30 years.
: Can someone help me with biographical info, print value info and anything to get a better appreciation
: of this artist?
: Thanks to all,
: Richard

There are references to Kiyoshi Saito in practically all books dealing with Japanese prints in the XX century. For example, there are several pages on this artist in Helen Merritt, "Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: The Early Years", The University of Hawai Press, 1990. A concise biography is found in Lawrence Smith, "Modern Japanese Prints: 1912-1989", Cross River Press, 1994. Kyoshi Saito was born in 1907 in Fukushima Prefecture, moved to Hokkaido as a child, then to Tokyo in 1932. He won a first price for a Japanese work at the Sao Paolo Biennale, an event that brought the modern school of Japanese prints to prominence. He travelled a lot in the second half of this century, and even taught printmaking at Ann Harbor in 1956-57. He is extremely prolific, and produced a large number of prints, including snowy landscapes in Hokkaido, pictures based on geometrical figures (references to Mondrian are made), and folk pictures. Some of his prints fetch high prices at auctions, other can be bought for a few dollars in garage sales in the U.S. !


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