Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "Evening at Carl Inn"
|Title||Evening at Carl Inn|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||World Landscape Series|
|Edition||First Edition; signed and numbered by the artist|
|Publisher||Takamizawa color-print studio, Japan|
|Reference No||Illustrated: "Obata's Yosemite", p. 124|
|Size||16 -3/4 x 12 "|
|Condition||Fine impression and color; margins toned/soiled.|
Notes: A scarce, first edition impression; signed and numbered by the artist. Takamizawa Studio imprint on the reverse. Hand written Edition: #33/100 (see attached image). A wonderful entry point for an early Obata Yosemite scene. As stated, margins toned/soiled; which is reflected in the asking price.
About this print, Obata commented, "At the crossing of the Tioga Mountain road, which runs from east to west, and the Yosemite road, which runs south to north, stands Carl Inn. It is said to have been built way back in 1872, The spot brings up a vivid picture of long ago in which some sturdy pioneers are refreshing their tired nerves and preparing for another lap of the onward march westward, the deep murky fir grove darkens. The air is mysterious."
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. A few sets were retained by the publisher.