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Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "Lake Mary, Inyo National Forest"

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Catalog ID A2548
Artist Chiura Obata
Title Lake Mary, Inyo National Forest
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title World Landscape Series
Edition First and only.
Date 1930
Publisher Takamizawa Color-Print Studio, Tokyo
Reference No Obata's Yosemite, p. 119
Size 11 x 15 -3/4 "
Condition Very fine.
Price $14000.00
Shipping (US) $0.00
Shipping (Non-US) $0.00

Notes: Includes the original Takamizawa Color-Print Studio folder, with illustration label. The publisher's watermark is visible below the title slip.

About this print, Obata commented, "Silence reigns supreme here around Mammoth Lakes in the High Sierra. In the lakes are found trees standing dead, lonely, and silent. Crisp, chilly morning breezes blow softly, caressing the surface of the icy water." Lake Mary is at the end of the main road going West from Mammoth.

Begun in 1928 when Obata visited Japan, the World Landscape Series took 18 months to complete. The project required the work of 32 block carvers and 40 printers with each print requiring from 100 to as many as 160 impressions in order to accurately replicate Obata's original watercolors. The folio consisted of 35 colored woodblock prints. All but one show California scenes, and 27 are views of Yosemite and the High Sierra. It is believed that 100 folios were sent to the artist for his signature and seal.