Obata: Lake Basin in the High Sierra
Artist: Chiura Obata
Title: Lake Basin in the High Sierra
One of the most Obata’s most famous printed works. According to the Obata family records, a total of 107 impressions were needed to complete the printing of this work. There are numerous trial proof impressions for this design (at least 79), a number of which were published in “Obata’s Yosemite”. From the World Landscape series, the groundbreaking effort that Obata spent all his savings on creating with the highest possible standards. The project employed more than 32 carvers and 40 printers for eighteen months. In order to give the effect of a watercolor, scores of blocks were used for each design, and specially prepared paper was made.
Reportedly 400 impressions of each of the 35 compositions were made, with only the finest 100 selected for the portfolio, and the 10,500 “less perfect” impressions were destroyed.
Literature: “Obata’s Yosemite”, page 61.
Signature: Unsigned, as is common