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Girl (D)

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Girl (D)

Saitō Kiyoshi

Artist Nationality
Japanese (culture or style)

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Medium & Support
woodblock print on Echizen Hosho paper

23 5/8 in x 17 15/16 in (60.01 cm x 45.56 cm);20 11/16 in x 15 1/16 in (52.55 cm x 38.26 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions Part II
March 31-August 5, 2012
Saitô Kiyoshi
Japan, 1907–1997
Girl D
Showa Period (1926–89)
Color woodblock print on paper
Gift of Dr. Seymour and Barbara K. Adelson, 2008/2.183

Subject matter
Originally trained as a sign painter, Saitô then taught himself the techniques of woodblock printing after moving to Tokyo. Girl (D) is characteristic of the woodcuts for which Saitô is well-known, with its graphic nature and integration of strong woodgrain patterns into the composition. Saitô was part of the movement in Japan, called Sosaku hanga, that moved away from the traditional workshop-based printmaking practices towards one in which the individual artist was responsible for the design, creation, and production of their artwork. 

Physical Description
This woodcut has an image of a girl, from about mid-torso, looking over her shoulder from behind. She has short hair and faces off to the right of the page. On off-white paper, the print uses two color blocks: black graphic on red background. The print is signed (l.l.) "Kiyoshi Saitô" in white ink, and titled, numbered and dated in pencil (l.c.) "GIRL (D)  33/100  1967".

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Japanese (culture or style)
[300310626] Sōsaku hanga [Japanese printmaking styles, Japanese styles (styles)]
color woodcuts

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Graphic and composition
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