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Title

The Three Wise Men

1991

Artist

Watanabe Sadao

Japan

07 Jul 1913 - 08 Jan 1996

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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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