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Plowing the Rice Field (The Seasons: Spring)

Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Plowing the Rice Field (The Seasons: Spring)

by Saitō Kiyoshi, c. 1960-1970

Outskirts of Nara

IHL Cat. #984

About This Print

An untitled scene of a lone figure plowing a field with an ox and a primitive looking plow.  The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria titles this print Ploughing the Rice Field.  When it was released as part of an offering of six Saitō prints by the Book-of-the-Month Club, it was titled The Seasons: Spring. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art dates the print to 1971.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #984
 Title untitled (Plowing the Rice Field) [English title sometimes seen as The Seasons: Spring or Plowing the Field]
 Series none
 Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997)
Kiyoshi Saito
 清 Kiyoshi seal
 Publication Date not dated (c. 1960-1970)
 Edition unknown
 Publisher self-published (possibly by Book-of-the-Month Club, as discussed above)
 Carver self-carved
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format dai oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/4 x 16 in. (28.6 x 40.6 cm)
 H x W Image 9 5/8 x 14 1/4 in. (24.4 x 36.2 cm)
 Collections This Print Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1973.121.001; Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.2011.137.8; Arizona State University Museum ASUM 1972.033.001
 Reference Literature Masterful Images: The Art of Kiyoshi Saito, Barry Till, Pomegranate Communications, 2013 p.69.