Obata: Large Watercolor of a Bird on a Camellia Branch (Sold)

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Artist: Chiura Obata   (1885-1975)
Title: Large Watercolor of a Bird on a Camellia Branch
Date: Ca. 1930s

Large watercolor of a colorful bird peering down from a Camellia branch. While the detailed red camellia flower and branch is easily identified, this blue and green and pink bird is more of a challenge. 

Chiura Obata taught at Berkeley between 1932 and 1954, and made many study paintings as demonstration to his students. Even for these he used Japanese paper that he obtained from Japan. His economy of line and mastery of the brush are practically unequalled in 20th c. American art. The University of California, Berkeley preserved many of his paintings while Obata and his family were interned in Utah at Topaz during WWII. Provenance: The Estate of Chiura Obata. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity. 

Condition: Very good condition overall. With the original backing that was applied to the paper by the artist. Minor light foxing to front and foxing to verso.

Dimensions:  36.3 x 49 cm
Provenance: Estate of Chiura Obata
Signature: Chiura Obata
Seal: Artist's seal