Chiura Obata 小圃 千浦

Chiura Obata (1885-1975) was one of the most significant California-based American artists in the last century. A painter and printmaker, he taught as an art professor at U Cal Berkeley for 22 years. He wrote "I always teach my students beauty. No one should pass through four years of college without being given the knowledge of beauty and the eyes with which to see it." As Susan Landauer wrote in Obata's Yosemite, Chiura Obata has a place all his own in the history of California art. Several of his paintings are on permanent exhibit at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. An exhibition of his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum had to sadly close early in 2020.

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