Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "Clouds, Upper Lyell Trail"
|Title||Clouds, Upper Lyell Trail|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||World Landscape Series - "America"|
|Edition||First; Artist Signature/Chop, with Edition #26|
|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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