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Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "Clouds, Upper Lyell Trail"

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Catalog ID A2451
Artist Chiura Obata
Title Clouds, Upper Lyell Trail
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title World Landscape Series - "America"
Edition First; Artist Signature/Chop, with Edition #26
Date 1930
Publisher Takamizawa Color-Print Studio, Tokyo
Reference No Obata's Yosemite, #19 in Series; pg. 109
Size 13 x 18 " (Full Margins)
Condition Very fine, with superb colors.

Notes: One of the most striking Sierra, California scenes from his oeuvre of works included in the World Landscape Series - "America". Signed and numbered examples in very fine condition, exhibiting fresh colors, as with this impression, are very scarce.

Obata comments, "A paradise for lovers of the out-of-doors is found here, a spot along the Lyell Fork, which cuts through the Tuolumne Meadows. Nameless flowers are found here in profusion, and wild herbs that are delicious to eat with trout. Clouds sail lightly and joyously over the high plateau. The soul and mind of man are lost in the supreme beauty."

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. Not all of the prints were signed and sealed. Each print has the publishers name stamped on the reverse. The folder illustration shows the publisher's watermark, visible below the title slip.

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