Obata: Snow-Covered Landscape with Geologic Formation (Sold)

Chiura Obata

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Artist: Chiura Obata   (1885-1975)
Title: Sibley Volcanic Preserve in the Oakland hills 
Date: Circa 1930s-40s

Painting in sumi of a dramatic geologic formation in a snow-covered landscape that includes a fence, clouds, and two coniferous trees. Our geologist friend Ted Dengler seems to have pinpointed this exact place for us: Sibley Volcanic Preserve in the Oakland hills (see photo). If so, it is an example of slip face in volcanic tuft. It is also possible that this is another location, as there seems to be a covering of snow, and the features could also be sand dunes.

Chiura Obata taught at Berkeley between 1932 and 1954, and made many study paintings as demonstration to his students. His economy of line and mastery of the brush are practically unequalled in 20th c. American art. The University of California, Berkeley preserved all of his paintings while Obata and his family were interned in Utah during WWII. Provenance: Estate of Chiura Obata.

Condition:  Excellent condition overall, with a few wrinkles along edges. On imported Japanese paper.  
Dimensions:  39.2 x 52.8 cm
Provenance:  Provenance: Estate of Chiura Obata. WIth a certificate of authenticity from the estate of the artist.
Signature:  Obata (In Japanese)  Sealed: Artist’s seal