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Sadao Watanabe Sold at Auction Prices

b. 1913 - d. 1996

Artist Sadeo Watanabe (1913-1996) combined traditional Japanese print-making techniques with Christian iconography to create uniquely hybridized prints. As a devout Christian, Watanabe aimed to bring Christianity to Japan. He did so by depicting scenes from the Bible on large sheets of paper colored with natural dyes and pigments. His works were displayed at the Vatican and in Lyndon Johnson's White House, and although they never achieved widespread popularity in Japan, Sadeo Watanbe's artwork for sale is in demand around the globe. 

Sadao Watanabe's prints were created with the help of his wife. While she handmade paste and pigments, Watanabe created stencils using a sharp blade to cut outlines into specialty paper. Each print differed based on variations in the pigments, paper, or patterns. As an artist, Sadao Watanabe was thrilled by this element of surprise. Collectors can buy Japanese woodblock prints at auction and online to find the next conversation piece for their home.

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        • Sadao Watanabe - Mid Century Screen Print - Christ Carrying Cross
          Feb. 18, 2024

          Sadao Watanabe - Mid Century Screen Print - Christ Carrying Cross

          Est: -

          Sadao Watanabe - Mid Century Screen Print - Christ Carrying Cross. Sadao Watanabe (1933-). Print is 9" x 12 5/8". Pickup is Monday, February 19th from 12pm to 6pm and Tuesday, February 20th from 10am to 3pm in Gahanna, Ohio 43230. (THIS IS THE ONLY PICKUP WINDOW) or we will provide in-house shipping for this item. We will charge a $3 delivery fee to take this lot to our warehouse for processing. Once packed up we will send you an invoice for shipping & handling. Shipping questions: [email protected] Sales tax will be collected for all bidders paying with a card. We will not charge sales tax if you come to pay cash in person (you are welcomed to do this!) If tax exempt, make sure your certificate is submitted with Invaluable.

          Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
        • Sadao Watanabe - Mid Century Screen Print - Bible Story
          Feb. 18, 2024

          Sadao Watanabe - Mid Century Screen Print - Bible Story

          Est: -

          Sadao Watanabe - Mid Century Screen Print - Bible Story. Sadao Watanabe (1933-). Print is 9" x 12 7/8". Pickup is Monday, February 19th from 12pm to 6pm and Tuesday, February 20th from 10am to 3pm in Gahanna, Ohio 43230. (THIS IS THE ONLY PICKUP WINDOW) or we will provide in-house shipping for this item. We will charge a $3 delivery fee to take this lot to our warehouse for processing. Once packed up we will send you an invoice for shipping & handling. Shipping questions: [email protected] Sales tax will be collected for all bidders paying with a card. We will not charge sales tax if you come to pay cash in person (you are welcomed to do this!) If tax exempt, make sure your certificate is submitted with Invaluable.

          Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
        • NOAH'S ARK PRINT BY SADAO WATANABE (1913-1996).
          Jan. 27, 2024

          NOAH'S ARK PRINT BY SADAO WATANABE (1913-1996).

          Est: $100 - $150

          NOAH'S ARK PRINT BY SADAO WATANABE (1913-1996). Japanese, late 20th Century (dated 1997). Off set lithograph, signed, numbered 35/80. Red ground. Framed, 16.75"h. 14.5"w.

          Amelia Jeffers
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Five Apostles, Woodblock Print on Handmade Paper, Signed l.r., Unframed Sheet Size: 22 x 41 in. (55.9 x 104.1 cm.)
          Jan. 16, 2024

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Five Apostles, Woodblock Print on Handmade Paper, Signed l.r., Unframed Sheet Size: 22 x 41 in. (55.9 x 104.1 cm.)

          Est: $200 - $400

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Five Apostles, Woodblock Print on Handmade Paper, Signed l.r.,

          Weschler's
        • Sadao Watanabe woodblocks
          Dec. 02, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe woodblocks

          Est: $300 - $600

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) Untitled woodblock in colors, 1965, signed, dated and numbered 31/50 in white.   22 1/4 x 25 3/4"

          Rachel Davis Fine Arts
        • SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996), Set of seven views of the Nativity, Woodblock prints on handmade paper, 11.5" x 8.25". Unframed.
          Nov. 29, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996), Set of seven views of the Nativity, Woodblock prints on handmade paper, 11.5" x 8.25". Unframed.

          Est: $250 - $350

          SADAO WATANABE Japan, 1913-1996 Set of seven views of the Nativity, showing Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men in a manger. Each signed and dated 1963 lower right.

          Eldred's
        • Print, Sadao Watanabe
          Nov. 16, 2023

          Print, Sadao Watanabe

          Est: $600 - $900

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), "Calling of Jesus," 1983, woodcut, pencil signed and dated lower right, image: 24"h x 20"w, overall (with frame): 33"h x 29.75"w

          Clars Auctions
        • Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)
          Nov. 02, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)

          Est: $80 - $120

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) Scenes from the Bible: The Flight into Egypt, At A Well, The Three Shepherds, Three original color stencil prints, Not signed. Published by Marson Ltd. Largest dimensions: H: 4 3/4 x W: 6 1/8 in. From the collection of Marlene Mancini Frost.

          Gray's Auctioneers
        • SADAO WANTANABE (JAPANESE, 1913-1996) "TOWER OF BABEL" PRINT
          Oct. 21, 2023

          SADAO WANTANABE (JAPANESE, 1913-1996) "TOWER OF BABEL" PRINT

          Est: $100 - $200

          SADAO WANTANABE (JAPANESE, 1913-1996) "TOWER OF BABEL" PRINT, woodblock print, ink and color on textured paper, signed "SADAO WATANABE 1965" lower right. Unframed. 1965. 34" x 23". Shipping Note: IN-HOUSE SHIPPING IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS LOT. Please contact our local UPS store [email protected] for information on shipping or see our website for a list of third-party shippers https://www.jeffreysevans.com/buying/shipping-and-pick-up/

          Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
        • Sadao Watanabe, 1913-1996, Pochoir (stencil print)
          Oct. 21, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe, 1913-1996, Pochoir (stencil print)

          Est: €180 - €250

          Sadao Watanabe, 1913-1996, Pochoir (stencil print), Adoration of the Three Kings, 1995, artist's print, signed and dated, framed underPP and glass, 60x70 cm . German Description: Sadao Watanabe, 1913-1996, Pochoir (Schablonendruck), Anbetung der Hl. drei Könige, 1995, Künstlerabzug, signiert und datiert, unter PP und Glas gerahmt, 60x70 cm

          Henry's Auktionshaus
        • SADAO WATANABE, NATIVITY SCENE 1979
          Oct. 20, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE, NATIVITY SCENE 1979

          Est: $200 - $300

          Artist : Sadao Watanabe. 1913-1996. Nativity scene 1979.Stencils Print. Sadao Watanabe , was born on July 7, 1913 in Tokyo. His father died when Sadao was only 10 years old. Later the young boy began an apprenticeship with Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984), a textile dyer. Textile dyeing is regarded as an art in Japan and has a lot in common with the Japanese form of stencil printmaking called kappazuri. Sadao Watanabe died on January 8, 1996. Exhibitions and Awards of Sadao Watanabe It would be too much to mention all exhibition events and awards that Sadao Watanabe had received. Here are just a few from his early career. 1947 - Award of the first Japan Craft Center prize 1948 - Kokuga prize, Japan 1956 - Japan Print Academy prize 1961-64 - Yoseido Gallery in Toyko, Japan 1962 - International Print Biennial in Tokyo, Japan 1969 - Portland Museum of Art, U.S.A. 1971 - Modern Japanese Print Exhibition in Brussels, Belgium Public Collections Art prints by Sadao Watanabe are in the possession of all major museums, the Vatican and the White House. Lynden B. Johnson liked his art works. Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in San Francisco, U.S.A. Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sidney, Australia Art Institute of Chicago, U.S.A. Boston Art Museum, U.S.A. British Museum, United Kingdom Carnegie Museum, U.S.A. Cincinnati Museum of Art, U.S.A. Folk and Craft Museum Tokyo, Japan Honolulu Academy of Arts Museum of Modern Art in New York (Moma), U.S.A. National Museum of Art in Tokyo, Japan

          Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC
        • Signed Woodcut by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)
          Oct. 19, 2023

          Signed Woodcut by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)

          Est: $150 - $250

          A signed color woodcut by Japanese mingei artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996). No title noted, piece depicts three figures holding large, abstract flowers. Dated 1967 at the bottom margin, along with artist's signature and stamped red character. Gilt frame with elegant trim, measures 14 1/4" x 14 1/4", 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" site.

          Embassy Auctions International
        • Signed Woodcut by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)
          Oct. 19, 2023

          Signed Woodcut by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)

          Est: $150 - $250

          A signed color woodcut by Japanese mingei artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) No title noted, piece depicts a row of figures all gazing upwards. Dated 1966 at the bottom margin, along with artist's signature and stamped red character. Gilt frame with elegant trim, measures 15" x 15", 8" x 8" site.

          Embassy Auctions International
        • Signed "Pentecost" Woodcut by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)
          Oct. 19, 2023

          Signed "Pentecost" Woodcut by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996)

          Est: $150 - $250

          A signed color woodcut by Japanese mingei artist Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) titled "Pentecost." Dated 1965 at the bottom margin, along with artist signature and stamped red character. Nice gilt wooden frame. Piece measures 14" x 14", 7" x 7" site.

          Embassy Auctions International
        • Sadao Watanabe Stencil Print Woman of Canaan
          Oct. 19, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe Stencil Print Woman of Canaan

          Est: $200 - $300

          Sadao Watanabe (Japan, 1913-1996). Stencil print, Woman of Canaan. Brush signed, dated 1964, titled and numbered 199/210 below the image. 27" x 22 3/4" (with frame 31 3/4" x 27 3/4"). Some discoloration to sheet and discoloration to mat, chips and losses to frame.

          Willow Auction House
        • SADAO WATANABE UNTITLED WASHI STENCIL PRINT
          Oct. 08, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE UNTITLED WASHI STENCIL PRINT

          Est: -

          Sadao Watanabe (1913 - 1996) Untitled Washi Stencil Print. Sadao Watanabe born and raised in Tokyo, was a Japanese printmaker in the 20th Century. He was famous for his Biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. As a student of the master textile dye artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), Watanabe was associated with the mingei (folk art) movement. Watanabe uses kozo paper (from mulberry tree) and momigami (kneaded paper). The momigami paper was crumpled by hand, squeezed and wrinkled to give a rough quality to the prints. The katazome method uses traditional organic and mineral pigments in a medium of soybean milk. The protein in the milk bound the colors to the paper's surface. The use of natural materials is one of the characteristics of mingei (folk art). The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world had exhibited Watanabe's works. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration, Watanabe's prints were hung in the White House. Artist: Sadao Watanabe Title: Untitled Medium: Washi Stencil Print Circa/Year: 1972 Signature Type: Pencil Signature Location: Lower Right Site Measurement: 13.25" x 9" Sheet Keywords: Asian Artwork, Art; Ref: BD1043

          Bradford's
        • WATANABE SADAO
          Jul. 28, 2023

          WATANABE SADAO

          Est: $200 - $300

          Watanabe Sadao print "The Listening" number 330 of 510 from "The Modern Japanese Print" by James Michener -which is included

          New Hampshire Auctions and Appraisals LLC
        • Sadao Watanabe 1913-1996 Japanese Rooster Woodcut
          Jul. 26, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe 1913-1996 Japanese Rooster Woodcut

          Est: $100 - $1,000

          A near-vintage Japanese woodcut print by printmaker Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996). An abstract wildlife work depicting a rooster bird, segmented and colored in red, white and blue. Dated 1977 and signed SADAO WATANABE with chop mark in orange. Unframed. In a cellophane and paper folder. Work Size: 9.5 x 7.5 in. Dimensions: 17 X 13.5 X .1 in. Condition: Good overall condition having storage wear to edges and corners. Estate fresh to the market. Shipping: Hill Auction Gallery offers in-house ground contiguous USA domestic shipping, excluding New Mexico, for $45 plus insurance. Gallery will refer third party shippers for international buyers. Purchaser pick up available upon request.

          Hill Auction Gallery
        • SADAO WATANABE "LOCUSTS" WOODCUT PRINT
          Jul. 16, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE "LOCUSTS" WOODCUT PRINT

          Est: -

          Sadao Watanabe (1913 - 1996) "Locusts" Woodcut Print. Sadao Watanabe born and raised in Tokyo, was a Japanese printmaker in the 20th Century. He was famous for his Biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. As a student of the master textile dye artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), Watanabe was associated with the mingei (folk art) movement. Watanabe uses kozo paper (from mulberry tree) and momigami (kneaded paper). The momigami paper was crumpled by hand, squeezed and wrinkled to give a rough quality to the prints. The katazome method uses traditional organic and mineral pigments in a medium of soybean milk. The protein in the milk bound the colors to the paper's surface. The use of natural materials is one of the characteristics of mingei (folk art). The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world had exhibited Watanabe's works. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration, Watanabe's prints were hung in the White House. Artist: Sadao Watanabe Title: "Locusts" Medium: Woodcut Print Circa/Year: 1965 Signature Type: Hand Signed Signature Location: Lower Right Edition: Ed. of 50 Site Measurement: 26.5" x 22.75" Sheet Keywords: Asian Artwork, Art; Ref: BD1595

          Bradford's
        • (2pc) SADAO WATANABE (Japanese, 1913-1996)
          Jul. 16, 2023

          (2pc) SADAO WATANABE (Japanese, 1913-1996)

          Est: $150 - $300

          Biblical themes Stencil prints on rice paper With hand coloring, each pencil signed with red seal stamp lower right and dated lower left (1971 & 1973), framed as one h. 13-1/4 w. 8-3/4 in. (ea. sheet) overall: 18-1/2 x 24-3/4 in. (frame) [In Situ Item] This Item will not be on display in our saleroom during our preview period. If you wish to view it in-person please make a request with the gallery.

          Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Presentation of Gifts, Woodcut Print?, 1958, Numbered 4/50, Unframed: 24 x 27 1/4 in. (61 x 69.2 cm.)
          Jul. 11, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Presentation of Gifts, Woodcut Print?, 1958, Numbered 4/50, Unframed: 24 x 27 1/4 in. (61 x 69.2 cm.)

          Est: $200 - $400

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Presentation of Gifts, Woodcut Print?, 1958, Numbered 4/50,

          Weschler's
        • SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996) Lithograph
          Jun. 30, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996) Lithograph

          Est: $200 - $400

          SADAO WATANABE Japan, 1913-1996. "Borrowing a Donkey" Signed Sadio Watanbe, dated 1965, numbered 11/50, titled "Borrowing a Donkey" on verso. 58" x 66" EF/B15/SH:11B JM

          Joshua Kodner
        • SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996) "Quails+Girls"
          Jun. 30, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996) "Quails+Girls"

          Est: $150 - $300

          SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996) "Quails+Girls" Lithograph 8/50 Signed Sadao Watanabe and dated 1965. EF/B15/SH:11B JM

          Joshua Kodner
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), The Last Supper
          Jun. 28, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), The Last Supper

          Est: $1,500 - $2,500

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996) The Last Supper Dated 1972, signed lower right, numbered 2/70. Brushed pigments and stencil on momigami technique and kozo paper; framed. H: 29, w: 21 3/4 in. H: 73.66, W: 55.25 cm. (sight) Click here for high resolution images. 

          Oakridge Auction Gallery
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), Five biblical-themed kappazuri prints
          Jun. 28, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), Five biblical-themed kappazuri prints

          Est: $1,000 - $1,500

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996) Five biblical-themed kappazuri prints All kappazuri technique on parchment. Comprising two 'Crucifixion' with signature, one seal, and dated 1970 to lower margin; one of 'The Good Shepherd', with signature, one seal, and dated 1968; and two of 'Jesus and children', each with signature and one seal, dated 1971. (5). H: 13, W: 9 in. H: 33.02, W: 22.86 cm. (largest) Click here for high resolution images. 

          Oakridge Auction Gallery
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913 -1996), Jesus Carrying His Crucifix
          Jun. 28, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913 -1996), Jesus Carrying His Crucifix

          Est: $300 - $500

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913 -1996) Jesus Carrying His Crucifix Dated 1968 to lower left, signature and one seal to lower right. Previous collector sticker to frame verso. Framed. H: 9 3/8, W: 7 1/2 in. H: 23.81, W: 19.05 cm. (sight) Click here for high resolution images. 

          Oakridge Auction Gallery
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), The Birth in the Stable
          Jun. 28, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996), The Birth in the Stable

          Est: $200 - $300

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996) The Birth in the Stable Dated 1967, one mark and pencil signed to lower right; kappazuri print; framed. H: 6 3/4, W: 6 in. H: 17.15, W: 15.24 cm. (plate) Click here for high resolution images. 

          Oakridge Auction Gallery
        • Sadao Watanabe The Flight into Egypt Stencil Print
          Jun. 22, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe The Flight into Egypt Stencil Print

          Est: $400 - $600

          Sadao Watanabe, Japanese 1913 - 1996, Framed and Signed and Titled "The Flight into Egypt" Stencil Print. Piece measures 27.25 inches high x 25 inches wide, framed measures 28.5 inches high x 26 inches wide.

          Greenwich Auction
        • SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996), "Arrival of the Three Kings"., Stencil print on paper, 11" x 13" sight. Framed 17" x 19".
          Jun. 15, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996), "Arrival of the Three Kings"., Stencil print on paper, 11" x 13" sight. Framed 17" x 19".

          Est: $300 - $500

          SADAO WATANABE Japan, 1913-1996 "Arrival of the Three Kings". Signed lower right. Titled verso on label for Ferdinand Roten Galleries, Baltimore.

          Eldred's
        • SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996), Biblical scene with two kneeling figures in a garden., Stencil print on momigami paper, 28.5" x 22" sight. Framed 30.5" x 23.5".
          Jun. 15, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE (Japan, 1913-1996), Biblical scene with two kneeling figures in a garden., Stencil print on momigami paper, 28.5" x 22" sight. Framed 30.5" x 23.5".

          Est: $400 - $600

          SADAO WATANABE Japan, 1913-1996 Biblical scene with two kneeling figures in a garden. Signed and dated 1960 lower right.

          Eldred's
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Noah's Ark, Stencil Print on Handmade Paper, Signed and dated 1973 l.r. and numbered 34/70 l.l., Frame: 30 x 27 in. (76.2 x 68.6 cm.)
          May. 16, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Noah's Ark, Stencil Print on Handmade Paper, Signed and dated 1973 l.r. and numbered 34/70 l.l., Frame: 30 x 27 in. (76.2 x 68.6 cm.)

          Est: $400 - $600

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Noah's Ark, Stencil Print on Handmade Paper, Signed and dated 1973 l.r. and numbered 34/70 l.l.,

          Weschler's
        • Sadao Watanabe. "Arrival of the Kings," woodcut
          May. 06, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe. "Arrival of the Kings," woodcut

          Est: $300 - $500

          (Japanese, 1913-1996). Woodcut in colors, identifying information on verso, sheet size: 4 3/4 x 5 1/2 in., framed.

          Alex Cooper
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913 1996) Woodblock
          Apr. 30, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913 1996) Woodblock

          Est: $200 - $400

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996). Title - Jesus Healing the Blind Man. Color woodblock print stencil on textured handmade paper. Signed lower right Sadao Watanabe 1968. Edition Size 13/50 lower left. Label on back Gallery of Graphic Arts, N.Y. Sheet measures 26.5 inches high, 22.75 inches wide. Image size measures 21 inches high, 17.75 inches wide. Frame measures 30 inches high, 25 inches wide. In good condition. From Askart.com: Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) born and raised in Tokyo, was a Japanese printmaker in the 20th Century. He was famous for his Biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. As a student of the master textile dye artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), Watanabe was associated with the mingei (folk art) movement. His father died when Watanabe was ten years old. He dropped out of school at an early age and became an apprentice in a dyer's shop. A Christian woman in his neighborhood invited the fatherless boy to attend church with her. At the age of seventeen, Watanabe received baptism. The young Watababe worked in dyers' shops, sketching patterns and dyeing clothes. In 1937, one year after Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961), father of the Japanese mingei (folk art) movement, had established the Folk Art Museum, the 24-year-old Watanabe saw an exhibition of Serizawa Keisuke's (1895-1984) work. The event sowed the seeds of Watanabe's artistic endeavor. A few years later, Watanabe attended a study group in which Serizawa taught his katazome technique of stenciling and dyeing, which originated in Okinawa. From then on, the teacher-and-student relationship between Serizawa and Watanabe became strong and abiding. The subject matter of Watanabe's prints is exclusively the gospel rendered in the mingei (folk art) approach. Influenced by Buddhist figure prints, Watanabe placed Biblical subjects in a Japanese context. In The Last Supper (1981) Watanabe depicts the disciples in kimono. On the table are bottles of sake and sushi. Watanabe uses kozo paper (from mulberry tree) and momigami (kneaded paper). The momigami paper was crumpled by hand, squeezed and wrinkled to give a rough quality to the prints. The katazome method uses traditional organic and mineral pigments in a medium of soybean milk. The protein in the milk bound the colors to the paper's surface. The use of natural materials is one of the characteristics of mingei (folk art). In 1958, Watanabe received first prize at the Modern Japanese Print Exhibition held in New York City for The Bronze Serpent showing Moses and the people of Israel. Watanabe's Kiku (Listening) (1960) was featured in the novelist James Michener's The Modern Japanese Print (1962), a book that introduced ten sosaku hanga artists to the Western audience. The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world had exhibited Watanabe's works. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration, Watanabe's prints were hung in the White House. Watanabe once remarked that he preferred that his prints hang in the ordinary places of life: I would most like to see them (his prints) hanging where people ordinarily gather, because Jesus brought the gospel for the people. Such is the mingei philosophy of art for the people and by the people. From Brauer Museum Of Art: Sadao Watanabe is a Japanese artist. He was born in 1913 and died in 1996. (From Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art accession files.)

          Myers Fine Art
        • Sadao Watanabe (Jap., 1913-1996) Woodblock Print
          Apr. 30, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Jap., 1913-1996) Woodblock Print

          Est: $200 - $400

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996). Title - Jesus and Peter in the Water. Color woodblock print stencil on textured handmade paper. Edition size 55/70 lower left. Signed lower right Sadao Watanabe 1975. Sheet measures 26 inches high, 23 inches wide. Image size measures 21.1 inches high, 17.5 inches wide. Frame measures 26 inches high, 29 inches wide. In good condition. From Askart.com: Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) born and raised in Tokyo, was a Japanese printmaker in the 20th Century. He was famous for his Biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. As a student of the master textile dye artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), Watanabe was associated with the mingei (folk art) movement. His father died when Watanabe was ten years old. He dropped out of school at an early age and became an apprentice in a dyer's shop. A Christian woman in his neighborhood invited the fatherless boy to attend church with her. At the age of seventeen, Watanabe received baptism. The young Watababe worked in dyers' shops, sketching patterns and dyeing clothes. In 1937, one year after Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961), father of the Japanese mingei (folk art) movement, had established the Folk Art Museum, the 24-year-old Watanabe saw an exhibition of Serizawa Keisuke's (1895-1984) work. The event sowed the seeds of Watanabe's artistic endeavor. A few years later, Watanabe attended a study group in which Serizawa taught his katazome technique of stenciling and dyeing, which originated in Okinawa. From then on, the teacher-and-student relationship between Serizawa and Watanabe became strong and abiding. The subject matter of Watanabe's prints is exclusively the gospel rendered in the mingei (folk art) approach. Influenced by Buddhist figure prints, Watanabe placed Biblical subjects in a Japanese context. In The Last Supper (1981) Watanabe depicts the disciples in kimono. On the table are bottles of sake and sushi. Watanabe uses kozo paper (from mulberry tree) and momigami (kneaded paper). The momigami paper was crumpled by hand, squeezed and wrinkled to give a rough quality to the prints. The katazome method uses traditional organic and mineral pigments in a medium of soybean milk. The protein in the milk bound the colors to the paper's surface. The use of natural materials is one of the characteristics of mingei (folk art). In 1958, Watanabe received first prize at the Modern Japanese Print Exhibition held in New York City for The Bronze Serpent showing Moses and the people of Israel. Watanabe's Kiku (Listening) (1960) was featured in the novelist James Michener's The Modern Japanese Print (1962), a book that introduced ten sosaku hanga artists to the Western audience. The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world had exhibited Watanabe's works. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration, Watanabe's prints were hung in the White House. Watanabe once remarked that he preferred that his prints hang in the ordinary places of life: I would most like to see them (his prints) hanging where people ordinarily gather, because Jesus brought the gospel for the people. Such is the mingei philosophy of art for the people and by the people. From Brauer Museum Of Art: Sadao Watanabe is a Japanese artist. He was born in 1913 and died in 1996. (From Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art accession files.)

          Myers Fine Art
        • Sadao Watanabe
          Apr. 21, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe

          Est: $300 - $500

          (Japanese, 1913-1996) Tower Defense, 1972, 66/70, signed and dated lower right "Sadao Watanabe 1972", inscribed in Japanese verso, color stencil on paper, 25-1/2 x 22 in., unframed Provenance: Private Collection

          Brunk Auctions
        • SADAO WATANABE THREE WISE MEN WOODBLOCK
          Apr. 15, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE THREE WISE MEN WOODBLOCK

          Est: $400 - $600

          WATANABE, Sadao, (Japanese, 1913-1996): Three Wise Men with Mary and the Christ Child, Woodblock, sight size 8.5'' x 7.25'', pencil signed lower right, dated 1967 lower left, framed, 16.25'' x 14''.

          Burchard Galleries Inc
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996) Stencil Prints On Rice Paper, C. 1973, H 10'' W 7.25'' 2 pcs
          Apr. 14, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese, 1913-1996) Stencil Prints On Rice Paper, C. 1973, H 10'' W 7.25'' 2 pcs

          Est: $200 - $400

          A selection of two stencil prints on rice paper by Sadao Watanabe. The larger measures H 10" x W 7.25" (with frame H 15.5" x L 12") and depicts a fish dinner. The smaller measures H 9" x W 6.25" (with frame H 14.25" x L 11.5". Both signed and dated in pencil with inkan seals to the lower margins.Provenance: From a Monroe, Michigan estate.

          DuMouchelles
        • Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "The Presentation," 1974, Katazome stencil print on handmade paper, Image/Sheet: 25" H x 22.5" W
          Apr. 11, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "The Presentation," 1974, Katazome stencil print on handmade paper, Image/Sheet: 25" H x 22.5" W

          Est: $600 - $800

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) "The Presentation," 1974 Katazome stencil print on handmade paper Edition: 10/70 Signed, dated, and numbered in white in the lower margin: Sadao Watanabe

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "Grapes of Canaan," 1970, Katazome stencil print on handmade paper, Sight: 25.5" H x 21.5" W
          Apr. 11, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "Grapes of Canaan," 1970, Katazome stencil print on handmade paper, Sight: 25.5" H x 21.5" W

          Est: $600 - $800

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) "Grapes of Canaan," 1970 Katazome stencil print on handmade paper Edition: 7/70 Signed, dated, and numbered in the lower margin: Sadao Watanabe

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Untitled Scene from the Bible, Woodblock on Crumbled Paper, Signed l.r. and numbered 18/50 l.l., Frame: 26 x 29 3/4 in. (66 x 75.6 cm.)
          Apr. 11, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Untitled Scene from the Bible, Woodblock on Crumbled Paper, Signed l.r. and numbered 18/50 l.l., Frame: 26 x 29 3/4 in. (66 x 75.6 cm.)

          Est: $200 - $400

          Sadao Watanabe (Japanese 1913-1996), Untitled Scene from the Bible, Woodblock on Crumbled Paper, Signed l.r. and numbered 18/50 l.l.,

          Weschler's
        • Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "Jesus going to Calvary," 1964, Katazome stencil print in colors on handmade paper, Image/Sheet: 26.5" H x 22.75" W
          Apr. 03, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "Jesus going to Calvary," 1964, Katazome stencil print in colors on handmade paper, Image/Sheet: 26.5" H x 22.75" W

          Est: $400 - $600

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) "Jesus going to Calvary," 1964 Katazome stencil print in colors on handmade paper Signed, dated, and numbered: Sadao Watanabe; titled on a label affixed to the sheet, verso

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "Three Fisherman," 1969, Katazome stencil print on handmade paper, Image/Sheet: 34.75" H x 23" W
          Apr. 03, 2023

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996), "Three Fisherman," 1969, Katazome stencil print on handmade paper, Image/Sheet: 34.75" H x 23" W

          Est: $400 - $600

          Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) "Three Fisherman," 1969 Katazome stencil print on handmade paper Edition: 30/50 Signed, dated, and numbered in white in the lower margin: Sadao Watanabe; titled by repute

          John Moran Auctioneers
        • SADAO WATANABE (JAPAN, 1913-1966).
          Mar. 07, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE (JAPAN, 1913-1966).

          Est: $100 - $1,000

          "The Flight Into Egypt". Stencil print. Dated 1962. From a New Rochelle, NY estate.

          Clarke Auction Gallery
        • SADAO WATANABE "THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT" WOODCUT PRINT
          Mar. 05, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE "THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT" WOODCUT PRINT

          Est: -

          Sadao Watanabe (1913 - 1996) "The Flight into Egypt" Woodcut Print. Signed on lower right. Sadao Watanabe born and raised in Tokyo, was a Japanese printmaker in the 20th Century. He was famous for his Biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. As a student of the master textile dye artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), Watanabe was associated with the mingei (folk art) movement. Watanabe uses kozo paper (from mulberry tree) and momigami (kneaded paper). The momigami paper was crumpled by hand, squeezed and wrinkled to give a rough quality to the prints. The katazome method uses traditional organic and mineral pigments in a medium of soybean milk. The protein in the milk bound the colors to the paper's surface. The use of natural materials is one of the characteristics of mingei (folk art). The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world had exhibited Watanabe's works. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration, Watanabe's prints were hung in the White House. Artist: Sadao Watanabe Title: "The Flight into Egypt" Medium: Woodcut Print Circa/Year: 1962 Signature Type: Hand Signed Signature Location: Lower Right Edition: 126/200 Site Measurement: 22 x 17.5 in. Image Keywords: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Art, Artwork; Ref: BD1043

          Bradford's
        • SADAO WATANABE "CHRISTMAS" STENCIL PRINT, INK & COLOR ON PAPER
          Mar. 05, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE "CHRISTMAS" STENCIL PRINT, INK & COLOR ON PAPER

          Est: -

          Sadao Watanabe (1913 - 1996) "Christmas" Stencil Print; Ink & Color on Paper. Signed on lower right. Sadao Watanabe born and raised in Tokyo, was a Japanese printmaker in the 20th Century. He was famous for his Biblical prints rendered in the mingei (folk art) tradition of Japan. As a student of the master textile dye artist Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), Watanabe was associated with the mingei (folk art) movement. Watanabe uses kozo paper (from mulberry tree) and momigami (kneaded paper). The momigami paper was crumpled by hand, squeezed and wrinkled to give a rough quality to the prints. The katazome method uses traditional organic and mineral pigments in a medium of soybean milk. The protein in the milk bound the colors to the paper's surface. The use of natural materials is one of the characteristics of mingei (folk art). The Vatican Museum, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and many other leading museums in the world had exhibited Watanabe's works. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration, Watanabe's prints were hung in the White House. Artist: Sadao Watanabe Title: "Christmas" Medium: Stencil Print; Ink & Colo Circa/Year: 1964 Signature Type: Hand Signed Signature Location: Lower Right Edition: 143/210 Site Measurement: 21.5 x 18 in. Image Keywords: Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Art, Artwork, Ref: BD1043

          Bradford's
        • SADAO WATANABE ( 1913-1996) Original 1965 Japanese Stencil Print
          Feb. 25, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE ( 1913-1996) Original 1965 Japanese Stencil Print

          Est: $500 - $800

          Original 1965, color stencil print on crinkled Momigami paper. Signed and dated and numbered 31/60 in white ink. Frame is 28" x 24 1/4", image is 21 7/8" x 18 5/8".Sadao Watanabe was a Japanese artist best known for his prints that meld biblical imagery with the traditional Japanese folk art known as mingei. Watanabe's work portrays the Christian gospel with a distinctive use of crumpled wet paper mixed with mineral pigments suspended in soy milk, known as katazome. “I would most like to see them hanging where people ordinarily gather,” the artist said of his work. “Because Jesus brought the gospel for the people.” Born on July 7, 1913 in Tokyo, Japan, his parents died when he was 10. Now an orphan, Watanabe was invited to church by a neighbor, an event that changed the course of his life. During his adolescence, he worked as an apprentice in a fabric dyeing shop under the renowned textile artist Keisuke Serizawa. Today, the artist’s work has been internationally recognized, with his works in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Museum of Art in Tokyo. The artist died on January 8, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.~~ DEAR BIDDERS, Please View More Detailed Close-Up Images by visiting our website - Sofedesignauctions.com ~ Thank you ! ~~~~~~. Detailed condition reports are not included in this catalog. For additional information, including condition reports, please contact us at [email protected]

          Sofe Design Auctions
        • SADAO WATANABE 1970 PRINT ON PULP PAPER. SIGNED.
          Feb. 15, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE 1970 PRINT ON PULP PAPER. SIGNED.

          Est: $150 - $200

          SADAO WATANABE 1970 Print on pulp paper. signed. Dimensions: H: 35 inches: W: 22.75 inches: Frame Height: 39 inches: Frame Width: 27 inches --- -- We offer curbside delivery to NYC, Manhattan, Close Brooklyn, Hoboken about a week after the auction at reasonable rates. See details at our website. https://www.uniquesandantiques.com/nyc/

          Uniques & Antiques
        • SADAO WATANABE 1970 PRINT ON PULP PAPER. SIGNED.
          Feb. 15, 2023

          SADAO WATANABE 1970 PRINT ON PULP PAPER. SIGNED.

          Est: $150 - $200

          SADAO WATANABE 1970 Print on pulp paper. signed. Dimensions: H: 27.5 inches: W: 23 inches: Frame Height: 30.25 inches: Frame Width: 26.25 inches --- -- We offer curbside delivery to NYC, Manhattan, Close Brooklyn, Hoboken about a week after the auction at reasonable rates. See details at our website. https://www.uniquesandantiques.com/nyc/

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