Kiyoshi Saitō (artist)

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Kiyoshi Saitō (斎藤 清, Saitō Kiyoshi, April 27, 1907 – November 14, 1997, born in Aizubange, Fukushima) was a sōsaku-hanga artist in 20th-century Japan. In 1938, he issued his first prints in his now famous "Winter in Aizu" series. Saitō was one of the first Japanese printmaking artists to have won at the São Paulo Biennale in 1951.[1] Saitō's early works depict villages populated with local Japanese with a high degree of realism and three-dimensionality. His more mature works merge modern elements with Japanese tradition. His prints feature architecture and plant life flattened in two-dimensionality.

He spent time in Paris, and did a series there. Kiyoshi Saito's woodblock prints titled “Autumn” are considered extremely rare and valuable.[2]

Further reading[edit]

Harada, Minoru. "The Life and Works of Kiyoshi Saito". Tokyo: Abe Shuppan, 1990.

Paget, Rhiannon. "Saito Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening". New York, London: Scala Art Publishers, Inc. 2021.


  1. ^ "Kiyoshi Saito". Search the Collections. 2015-05-08. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  2. ^ "Kiyoshi Saito "Autumn in Aizu" Woodblock Print". Retrieved 2018-10-11.

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