Gion in Kyoto by Kiyoshi Saito

Saito Kiyoshi was a leading figure in the 'creative print' (sosaku hanga) movement in Japan, working in the colour woodblock medium that has been at the core of the country's great printmaking tradition.

Details

Medium:
Colour woodblock
Acquired in:
2005
Presented by:
Philomena Guillebaud through The Art Fund

Early recognition at the Sao Paulo Biennale in 1951 led to an invitation to visit the USA in 1956, which consolidated his international reputation. Having specialized early in his career in snow views of his native Aizu, Saito switched in the 1950s to using the ancient imperial capital of Kyoto as his main subject. In this print, a dyed entrance curtain discreetly shields the lattice door of what may be a geisha house in the old Gion entertainment quarter, the large polished stones set in the pavement picked out in bold textured woodblock.

Provenance

Philomena Guillebaud.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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