Obata, Chiura (1885 - 1975), "The Colorful Campuses - California Series - 12 Scenes "
|Title||The Colorful Campuses - California Series - 12 Scenes|
|Medium||Limited Edition Color Lithographs|
|Series Title||California's Colorful Campuses Series|
|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 group of twelve of the twenty color lithographs from "Colorful Campuses - California Series". Stored in original C. Obata folder and single sheet with full description and artist photo at work (Not a complete set - 12 of 20 works are included). Folder and sheets show stains and marks. Designs are very fine and never displayed. Several of the designs in this set were used as cover images for the 1940's editions of California Monthly Magazine (see last image; used as reference only).
The first four tipped color lithographs are titled: 1. "Campanile by Winter Moonlight". 2. "Charter Day in Greek Theatre". 3. "Dusk at Mt. Hamilton". 4. "Spring Rain, Football Statue".
The second four tipped color lithographs are titled: 5. "Summer Breeze, Botanical Garden". 6. "Green Rhythm, Riverside". 7. "Early Summer, Los Angeles Campus". 8. "Senior Pilgrimage".
The third four tipped color lithographs are titled: 9. "Restful Atmosphere, Davis". 10. "Open Vista, San Francisco Campus". 11. "Old Botanical Gardens, Early Autumn". 12. "Evening Glow, Santa Barbara".
From the insert leaflet, "No one should pass through four years of college without being given the knowledge of beauty and the eyes with which to see it. This is the premise upon which Professor Chiura Obata conducts his art classes."
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.”