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Rain (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Accession Number
1959/2.28

Title
Rain (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Artist(s)
Saitô Kiyoshi

Object Creation Date
1956

Medium & Support
color woodblock print on paper

Dimensions
20 in x 14 3/4 in (50.8 cm x 37.47 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the artist

Label copy

Saitô Kiyoshi
Japan, 1907–1997
Rain (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Shôwa period (1926–89)
1956
Color woodblock print on paper Gift of the artist, 1959/2.28

This view of a rainy spring day on the Diag, one of the most recognizable locations on the U–M campus for students and alumni, is based on sketches Saitô made during his stay in Ann Arbor. Like his landscapes featuring Japan’s countryside and historic cities, this work demonstrates Saitô's masterful sense of composition.



Subject matter
In the 1950s and 1960s the Creative Print (sôsaku hanga) movement became the new face of Japanese art in the international art scene. Not initially prized in Japan, much work by Creative Print Movement artists was indeed intended for international audiences. As the movement came to represent the nation in the modern art world, artists like Saitô traveled to sell their work and galleries were established overseas from which to distribute and display it. This generated international exposure that garnered for these artists a more cosmopolitan image that was critical to their success both domestically and abroad.

Physical Description
This work portrays a dynamic, umbrella-studded view of the University of Michigan Diag, based on sketches Saitô made during his trip to Ann Arbor in the fifties.

Primary Object Classification
Print

Primary Object Type
color print

Additional Object Classification(s)
Print

Collection Area
Asian

Rights
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Keywords
grass (plant material)
rain
raincoats
trees

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