Kiyoshi Saito: Plowing the Rice Field in Spring

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Artist: Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)
Title: Plowing the Rice Field with an Oxen
Date: ca. 1970

A farmer prepares his field for rice planting, walking behind an ox that pulls a simple plow. With the simplified forms and rich, deep textures that Saito’s woodblocks are celebrated for. In the US, Saito is perhaps the most popular and collected sosaku-hanga artist of the mid 20th century. The charm and folksy, rustic feeling of Saito work overlays a sophisticated mastery of design and technique.

Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Very clean on front, verso has some backing remnants, not visible to front.
Dimensions: 29 x 42.3 cm
Publisher: Self-published
Literature: See the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Seal: artist’s seal “Kiyoshi” in red
Signature: Kiyoshi Saito (in black ink)