Obata: “Morning at Mono Lake”.
Artist: Chiura Obata
Title: “Morning at Mono Lake”. The crisp air matches the crispness of the details in this cheerful vista.
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. Each design required between 100 and 160 impressions to create.
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.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Some mat burn from the original folder and very slight toning.
Literature: Shown in “Obata’s Yosemite”, page 116.
Seal: Artist’s seal
Signature: Chiura Obata