Obata: Before Singing: Madame Talia Savanieva.
Artist: Chiura Obata
Title: Before Singing: Madame Talia Savanieva.
Print number 31 from the series of 35; it is the only portrait in the series. Madame Savanieva was an opera diva who sang in San Francisco in the late 1920s. This print reportedly required an astonishing 130 separate printing sequences. 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. With the original Takamizawa folder. It is often the case that works from this limited edition series are unsigned, as here. Even the complete folio in the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco contains unsigned examples. The Achenbach Foundation also has in its collection an extensive set of proofs for this artwork.
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. In order to give the effect of a watercolor, scores of blocks were used for each design, and specially prepared paper was made.
Condition: Excellent impression, color and condition.
Dimensions: 45.3 x 33.4 cm
Signature: Unsigned, as is common