Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "Upper Lyell Fork, near Lyell Glacier"
|Title||Upper Lyell Fork, near Lyell Glacier|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Edition||Hand Written Edition: #17|
|Publisher||Takamizawa Color-Print Company, Tokyo|
|Reference No||Obata's Yosemite, pg.52|
|Size||17 -3/4 x 13 "|
Notes: Takamizawa Studio imprint on the reverse. Hand written Edition: #17 (see attached image).
In his notebook, Obata states, "Tiny water drops that drip from the glaciers in the High Sierra collect themselves into a body of clear blue crystalline water and dash down the mountainside as the Lyell Fork."
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, dated and sealed. Each print has the publishers name stamped on the reverse.
As stated in the book, Obata's Yosemite: 'Obata maintained rigorous standards for the quality of each woodblock print in the portfolio series. Reportedly, 400 impressions of each of the 35 compositions were made, with only the finest 100 selected for the portfolios. The 10,500 "less perfect" impressions were destroyed. The surviving woodblock prints were packaged in sleeves bearing handprinted plates with the title and the artist's and publisher's names flanking a peacock with flowers.'