1907 - 1997
Saitô Kiyoshi was born in Sakamoto, Fukushima prefecture. He studied Western-style painting at the Hongô Painting Institute and exhibited his oil paintings with various art groups and societies. After having a print accepted by the Kokugakai ("National Picture Association"), Saitô began to seriously pursue printmaking. After steadily gaining recognition, he won first prize in 1951 at the Sao Paulo, Brazil international biennale exhibition. Saitô admired Piet Mondrian, and some of his views of buildings and temples seem to display that influence in their simplified forms. Saitô's prints have been especially popular in the west, although his works are appreciated in Japan as well. The focus of this print, which is mainly absorbed in different shades of black ink, is the red signal lamp that regulates the various rail tracks at an intersection.
Asian Art Department, AGNSW, June 2008.
Place where the work was made
woodblock print, colour on paper
60.2 x 44.5 cm image; 63.2 x 48.4 cm sheet
Gift of John Yu and George Soutter 2008
Not on display