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Willy Seiler

1903 - 1988?


Willy Seiler was a German printmaker known for his hand-colored etchings of life in rural Japan. He was born in Dresden, Germany, where he studied art. Later, he continued his art studies in Munich. Seiler left Germany in 1928, apparently for good, and traveled the world. After World War II ended, he settled in Karuizawa, Japan and produced etchings and paintings of Japanese life. 


Seiler’s works were intended for non-Japanese people, primarily members of the American occupation force or Westerners in Japan. Otherwise, he would have been compelled to execute his work using the traditional Japanese woodblock technique and had to cooperate with a Japanese publisher for the complicated carving and printing process, as was done by most of Seiler’s Western artist contemporaries in Japan, such as Paul Jacoulet. Willy Seiler’s prints depicted picturesque scenes of Japanese and Korean landscapes and people that reflected Western people’s perceptions of Asia.  

Starting Life

Starting Life 1950s Etching 21 x 28.6 cm


Relaxing 1950s Etching 22 x 29 cm

Shrewd Bartering

Shrewd Bartering 1950s Etching 31.8 x 19.3 cm


Haggling 1950s Etching 38 x 31 cm


Fisherman 1950s Etching 22.2 x 30.5 cm

Korean Nobleman

Korean Nobleman 1950s Etching 20 x 28.5 cm


Reminiscenses 1950s Etching 44.5 x 36.8 cm

Growing Up

Growing Up 1950s Etching 28.5 x 21.5 cm

Korean Beauty

Korean Beauty 1950s Etching 21.9 x 29.5 cm


Homeless 1950s Etching 28.5 x 20 cm

Willy Seiler's Artworks

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