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Winter in Aizu

This print and others in the series are based on a trip Saitō made back to his birthplace in Fukushima Prefecture in northern Japan in 1938. The prints were first exhibited in 1942. Saitō’s ability to reduce three-dimensional forms to two-dimensional shapes is particularly well adapted to capturing the stark contrast between the snowy landscape and the darker forms of people and architecture.

Saitō Kiyoshi
Japanese, 1907–1999
Winter in Aizu
ca. 1950
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
9 7/8 x 15 ¼ in. (25.1 x 38.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Robert R. Sturgeon, 2005.24

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