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(1885-1975)

Biography

Artist Chiura Obata was born in Japan in 1885 and immigrated to California in 1903. He created landscape paintings on silk, murals, and woodblock prints, and Chiura Obata's drawings appeared in several magazines and as book illustrations. In the 1930s, he taught painting at the University of California, Berkeley, and became known for his landscape paintings, particularly those of Yosemite National Park. In 1942, Obata and his family were sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans. The president of U.C. Berkeley stored Chiura Obata's drawings and paintings during his confinement, while Obata continued teaching art in the camp. After his release, he returned to Berkeley, where he lived until his death in 1975. Because he preferred to show his works rather than sell them, it's difficult to determine the value of Chiura Obata's prints. Find remarkable landscapes and contemporary or antique still life drawings at Invaluable and choose something from your preferred decade.
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