Woodblock print framed behind glass; ink and colors on paper. SaitÃ´ studied Western-style painting at the HongÃ´ Painting Institute and exhibited his oil paintings with various art groups and societies. After having a print accepted by the Kokugakai ("National Picture Association"), SaitÃ´ began to seriously pursue printmaking. In 1938 he issued his first prints in his now famous "Winter in Aizu" series. After steadily gaining recognition, he won first prize in 1951 at the Sao Paulo, Brazil international biennial exhibition for his print called "Steady Gaze," where it won over both prints and paintings. SaitÃ´ admired Piet Mondrian, and some of his views of buildings and temples seem to display that influence in their simplified forms. SaitÃ´'s prints have been especially popular in the west, although his works are appreciated in Japan as well. He worked primarily in the woodblock medium, while also producing works in collagraph, drypoint, and color and ink paintings (suiboku ga). He carved his images into blocks of various woods, either solid katsura or plywood faced with katsura, rawan, yanagi, keyaki, shina, or lauan, to obtain a wide range of textures. In some cases he used only one block for all the colors in a design, while for others he needed as many as 5 or 6 different blocks. He often used kizuki-hÃ´sho ("genuinely-made hÃ´sho," that is, the fine-quality paper made from kÃ´zo, "Paper mulberry").