Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "The Seasons At California - Complete Set of 10 Scenes"
|Title||The Seasons At California - Complete Set of 10 Scenes|
|Medium||Limited Edition Color Lithographs|
|Series Title||The Seasons At California|
|Edition||Third Edition - totaling an edition of 680 portfolio sets.|
|Publisher||California Monthly and J.J. Gillick Printing Company|
|Size||8 -1/4 x 6 -1/2 " (Image) 15 x 12 " (Paper Sheet)|
|Condition||Fine, with superb colors.|
Notes: Stored in original folder and never displayed. A complete set of 10 lithographs, comes with the original folder and insert slip - totaling 680 portfolio sets. The last photo is an example of these designs used for the cover images in 1940 issues of California Monthly.
The ten tipped color lithographs are titled: 1. "DUSK AT SATHER GATE, WINTER". 2. "SINGING IN THE FUTURE, MEMORIAL STADIUM". 3. "OLD BOTANICAL GARDENS, EARLY AUTUMN". 4. "FACULTY GLADE, LATE SUMMER". 5. "CAMPANILE BY WINTER MOONLIGHT". 6. "Spring Rain, Football Statue". 7. "Charter Day, Greek Theatre". 8. "Nightfall, From Charter Hill". 9. "Senior Pilgrimage". 10. "Summer Breeze, Botanical Garden".
Obata was one of most prominent practitioners of the modern nihonga (Japanese Painting) movement, which sought to reconcile traditional Japanese and contemporary European schools of art. As a professor of art (1932–1942/1945–1954) for the University of California at Berkeley, Obata taught thousands of students about Asian culture and Buddhist philosophies of respect for nature, selflessness, and pacifism. The East West Art Society, co-founded by Obata in 1921, promoted his belief that art could provide the common ground necessary to transcend the barriers of nationalism and racism. For Obata, “Great Nature” provided important philosophical lessons regarding permanence and impermanence, and also served as a source of spiritual enlightenment. Although he never practiced any organized religion, Obata observed, “when I enter into the bosom of Great Nature I believe in the blessing of nature as a kind of God to me.”