Beauty Given by Grace: The Biblical Prints of Sadao Watanabe
"I don't want my works simply decorating churches. I would most like to see them hanging where ordinary people gather, because Jesus brought the gospel for the people."
This book brings to light the extraordinary visual legacy of this remarkable twentieth-century Japanese artist on the eve of the centenary of his birth. Even though Watanabe's art can be found in the most important museums in the world, he always desired to have his work displayed where it could be seen and enjoyed by ordinary people. It is hoped that Beauty Given by Grace will introduce many new communities to the luminous biblical prints of this dedicated and gifted Japanese Christian artist.
Lavishly illustrated, half of the book features full page reproductions along with the passages from the Bible which inspired their creation. The rest of the book contains other works by Sadao Watanabe with essays by Sandra Bowden, I. John Hesselink (his interpreter), Makoto Fujimura, and John A. Kohan.
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ISBN 978-0-9785097-5-0 | List: $29.99 | Readily available through Ingram.