Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913 – 1996)
DimensionsImage : 64 1/2 x 32 in. (1.6 m x 81.28 cm)
Credit LineGift of Risa and Chris Engle in honor of Mayia and Leah
LabelSadao Watanabe was a Japanese Christian artist who gained international fame for his stylized depictions of biblical stories. Watanabe created his images using a stencil technique that was originally developed for printing designs on textiles. Each color in a print would be added using a separate stencil, so the more colors in an image, the longer and more complicated it was to produce. Although Watanabe’s technique was Japanese, his images often resemble medieval European stained glass. This print depicts the story of Noah’s ark. It was a trial print on which the artist’s name was somehow printed upside down.