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Title

The Three Wise Men

1991


Artist

WATANABE Sadao

Japan

07 Jul 1913 - 08 Jan 1996


About

Watanabe studied with Yanagi Soetsu, the founder and guiding light of the Japanese Folk Art Movement which favoured straightforward, robust designs and natural colours. He also studied under Serizawa Keisuke, a noted stencil artist in the folk art tradition, and his use of strong assured black lines recalls the work of Munakata Shiko and before him a long line of nameless Buddhist artists carving powerful iconographic figures.

To make his prints Watanabe uses rough, hand-crumpled paper, over which he then paints, hand colouring in the shapes cut out of the stencil. Although his technique is Japanese, the Christian Watanabe invariably chooses subjects from the Old and New Testament for his subjects, giving them, for a Western viewer, the immediate dramatic impact of mediaeval religious art.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 97.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1991


Media category

Print


Materials used

stencil


Edition

1/100


Dimensions

55.0 x 45.0 cm image;68.0 x 58.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., ink [inscribed] "Sadao Watanabe 1991".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

473.1993


Artist information

WATANABE Sadao

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 97, 108 (colour illus.). cat.no. 68