A self-taught artist, Kiyoshi Saito moved early from oil painting to woodblock printing, applying unorthodox tools and devising novel methods. He became fascinated by the potential of different media, settling in due course on a paper made from mulberry wood and a matrix carved from keyaki, a rather hard wood typically reserved for furniture and other household goods. His prints often integrate the rich grain of this wood into their design.
By simplifying the forms he depicted, Saito seized their essence. His landscapes often juxtapose the regular geometry of traditional Japanese architecture with the theme and variations of plant growth. Such compositions found favor among American visitors to postwar Japan.
The prints reproduced here appear with dozens of others in the Pomegranate book Masterful Images: The Art of Kiyoshi Saito (2013).
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Garden, Autumn, Aizu, 1972
May in Aizu (I), 1988
Katsura, Kyoto, 1970
Snow and Sunset, 1975