Obata: View of Mt Tamalpais across the San Francisco Bay (Sold)

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Artist: Chiura Obata   (1885-1975)
Title: View of Mount Tamalpais from Point San Pablo across San Francisco Bay.
Date: Undated; ca. 1930s-40s

Obata climbed the bluffs near the beach on Point San Pablo to capture this sumi ink painting of Mount Tamalpais across the expanse of San Francisco Bay. The large tanks in the hills at right may still be seen today. In pencil lower right the words are not very legible, but seem to read “Water No. 4 “and “Bay and ----”.  Obata taught at Berkeley between 1932 and 1954, and made many study paintings as demonstration to his students. Obata ground his own inks, always using the finest Japanese materials that he sourced in Japan. His economy of line and mastery of Japanese-style brushwork 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. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity from the estate.

Condition: Very good condition overall. Some light creasing and rubbing. On imported Japanese paper.  
Dimensions: 39 x 52.3  cm
Provenance:  Provenance: Estate of Chiura Obata. Includes a certificate of authenticity from the estate of the artist.
Signature: Artist's seal, lower right, in red