Maiko Print by Saito Kaoru


Mezzotint on paper. This image was rendered by Saito Kaoru (1931~), an artist known best for his beautiful and sensitive treatments of traditional Japanese femininity. Considered a master of the mezzotint technique, Saito chose this medium over the more traditional woodblock print technique in order to achieve a finer level of gradation and detail in his works. The end result being traditional Japanese motifs done in such a way as to convey a photorealistic impression.