Live Online Lecture: Purrfection in Print: Saitō Kiyoshi’s Feline Designs
Printmaker Saitō Kiyoshi’s (1907–1997) keen sense of design, superb technique, and engagement with an appealing variety of themes made him one of Japan’s most beloved modern artists. His dozens of prints of cats, revealing the artist’s sensitive eye and playful sense of humour, earned Saitō the devotion of audiences across the globe. But it was not only their charming subject matter that delighted the crowds. Through his feline subjects, Saitō developed new approaches to form, composition, and technique that broke new ground in his practice.
Dr Rhiannon Paget, Curator of Asian Art, The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Florida State University
Rhiannon Paget is the curator of Asian Art at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where her exhibition Saitō Kiyoshi: Graphic Awakening opened in 2021. She received her doctorate in Japanese art history from the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining the Ringling, she co-curated the exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan. She has published research on Japanese paintings, woodblock prints, textiles, and wartime propaganda.
Woodblock print; ink and colour on paper, 55 × 81.3 cm
The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Gift of Charles and Robyn Citrin, 2014, SN11412.76
© Hisako Watanabe