Christ at Emmaus


Artist
Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913 – 1996)
Date
1971
Medium
Stencil print
Dimensions
Sheet : 27 x 23 in. (68.58 x 58.42 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Ann Hesselink in honor of John and Etta Hesselink
Object Number
2015.57.150

Label
Sadao Watanabe was a Japanese Christian artist who gained international fame in the 1960s and ‘70s for his stylized depictions of biblical stories. This print depicts a story from the Gospel of Luke about the resurrected Christ sharing a meal with two of his disciples at Emmaus. Watanabe created his images using a stencil technique that was originally developed for printing designs on textiles. Each color in a given print was added using a separate stencil, so the more colors in an image, the more complicated it was to produce. Although Watanabe’s prints are firmly rooted in Japanese tradition, the heavy black outlines and bold, unmodulated colors give the images a decidedly modern appearance.
Label
Sadao Watanabe was a Japanese Christian artist who gained international fame in the 1960s and ‘70s for his stylized depictions of biblical stories. This print depicts a story from the Gospel of Luke about the resurrected Christ sharing a meal with two of his disciples at Emmaus.   Watanabe created his images using a stencil technique that was originally developed for printing designs on textiles.  Each color in a given print was added using a separate stencil, so the more colors in an image, the more complicated it was to produce.  Although Watanabe’s prints are firmly rooted in Japanese tradition, the heavy black outlines and bold, unmodulated colors give the images a decidedly modern appearance.

Object Type
Print