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Japanese Woodblock Print "Last Supper" by Watanabe

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Woodblock Prints: Pre 1980: Item # 1250645
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Japanese print entitled "Last Supper" by Sadao Watanbe. Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) was part of the Mingi (folk art) movement in Japan which involved the use of natural materials. Watanabe's early boyhood job as a textile dyer has influence his work greatly. He used organic mineral pigments with a soybean milk binder (katazome) on hand crumpled paper (momigami). Watanabe's upbringing as a Christian is the main influence of his subject matter. This print depicts the scene of the Last Supper from the life of Christ. Although Watanabe used very simple lines, the face of each person around the table is distinct and recognizable. Signed in pencil and dated 1973. Overall size: 13" high x 8 3/4" wide.