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      • Chiura Obata (1885-1975) USA/Japan, Color Woodcut
        Jun. 09, 2024

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975) USA/Japan, Color Woodcut

        Est: $5,000 - $10,000

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975) American/Japanese. Titled "Passing Rain," "High Sierra." Color Woodcut with Signature and seal bottom right. From the 1930 World Landscape Series based on his visit to Yosemite. Provenance: Private collection, California, for 3 generations since original purchase. Overall size: 18 1/2 X 24 1/2 in. Sight size: 11 1/2 X 16 in. #8002 . Born in the Okayama prefecture of Japan, Chiura Obata was adopted by his uncle, an artist. As a child he was trained in ink painting, and at 14 he was apprenticed to the painter Murata Tanryo in Tokyo. He also studied with Kogyo Terasaki and Goho Hasimoto. In 1903, Obata moved to San Francisco and began working as an illustrator for The New World and The Japanese American, two of the city's Japanese newspapers. He also did work as a commercial designer and embraced the Nihonga style, which fused traditional Japanese sumi-e ink painting with the conventions of western naturalism. He spent much of the 1920s painting landscapes throughout California, visiting Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada and creating over a hundred paintings and sketches of the high country. Obata stayed in the USA until the death of his father in 1928. Between 1928 and 1932, he worked in Tokyo as a painter and transformed his California landscape watercolors and sketches into a portfolio of 35 woodblock prints titled World Landscape Series - America, perhaps his most famous work, and the origin of this particular piece. Obata's landscapes reveal his intensely personal and poetic vision of "Great Nature," a vision grounded in an underlying Zen philosophy of selflessness that accepts the insignificance of human affairs in relation to the timeless forces of nature.

        Sarasota Estate Auction
      • Chiura Obata (1885-1975), Hanging Scroll Painting Depicting Islets in a Foggy Sea
        Mar. 27, 2023

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), Hanging Scroll Painting Depicting Islets in a Foggy Sea

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), Hanging Scroll Painting Depicting Islets in a Foggy Sea Japan, undated, with a boat and wisps of red cloud, signed, 'Chiura Obata,' in English with a two-character seal, watercolor on silk, with a box, 50 3/8 x 25 overall, painting 15 x 20 in.

        Bonhams
      • Print, Chiura Obata
        Jan. 13, 2023

        Print, Chiura Obata

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Storm on Lyell Mountain (from the World Landscape Series)," 1930, woodcut print in colors, printed at Takamizawa print studio with printer's label verso, sight: 10.75"h x 15.5"w, overall (with frame): 19.5"h x 23.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Print, Chiura Obata
        Jan. 13, 2023

        Print, Chiura Obata

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Upper Lyell Fork (from the World Landscape Series)," 1930, woodcut print in colors, printed at Takamizawa print studio with printer's label verso, sight: 15.5"h x 10.75"w, overall (with frame): 23.5"h x 19.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Silk Painting, Chiura Obata
        Aug. 14, 2022

        Silk Painting, Chiura Obata

        Est: $20,000 - $30,000

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885-1975), "Deer Dance (Folk Dance), Scare Crow, Northeastern Prefecture, Japan," circa 1960, watercolor, gouache, and gold leaf on silk, signed and stamped lower left, original handwritten label affixed verso, image: 33.5"h x 21"w, overall (with frame): 46"h x 30"w. Note: This large painting on silk is notable for Obata's use of an unusual "gold dust" effect, thought to have been used on only one other painting created when he was still in Japan. In addition, the masks of the dancers are painted with a very thick paint which creates a three-dimensional effect that appears almost quilted. A similar portrayal of a human figure is in the holdings of the Crocker Art Museum.

        Clars Auctions
      • Booklet print, Chiura Obata
        Aug. 14, 2022

        Booklet print, Chiura Obata

        Est: $400 - $600

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885-1975), "The California Grizzly," 1939, lithograph in color, booklet cover slip with poetry and staff listing inside, unsigned, sheet (unframed/folded): 11.75"h x 9"w

        Clars Auctions
      • CHIURA OBATA 'LAKE BASIN / HIGH SIERRA' LITHOGRAPH
        May. 07, 2022

        CHIURA OBATA 'LAKE BASIN / HIGH SIERRA' LITHOGRAPH

        Est: $60 - $80

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/American, 1885-1975) offset lithograph titled 'Lake Basin in the High Sierra'. Signed in the plate lower left. Measures 32" x 22 1/2".

        Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery
      • Watercolor, Chiura Obata
        Apr. 24, 2022

        Watercolor, Chiura Obata

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Mountain Mist," watercolor, signed lower right, sight: 15.5"h x 19.75"w, overall (with frame): 26.5"h x 29.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • CHIURA OBATA (JAPANESE/AMERICAN, 1885-1975)
        Feb. 11, 2022

        CHIURA OBATA (JAPANESE/AMERICAN, 1885-1975)

        Est: $200 - $600

        CHIURA OBATA (JAPANESE/AMERICAN, 1885-1975) Ink wash and watercolor, one signed with chop mark. Companion studies of rearing horses, identically framed. Frames: 22" height, 18" width

        Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
      • Chiura Obata (1885-1975) - Matsushima at Dawn
        Nov. 21, 2021

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975) - Matsushima at Dawn

        Est: $600 - $900

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975) - Matsushima at Dawn, hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, signed Chiura Obata and with one artist seal, 15" h. x 20" w.

        Clars Auctions
      • CHIURA OBATA (JAPANESE, 1885-1975)
        Aug. 20, 2021

        CHIURA OBATA (JAPANESE, 1885-1975)

        Est: $300 - $600

        CHIURA OBATA (JAPANESE, 1885-1975) Watercolor on toned paper, signed and dated 1944 lower left. Icy blue toned waterfall scene, matted behind glass, textured, lacquered frame. Sight: 17.25" height, 12.5" width; frame: 22.25" height, 17.5" width

        Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
      • Watercolor, Attributed to Chiura Obata
        Jan. 17, 2021

        Watercolor, Attributed to Chiura Obata

        Est: $500 - $700

        Attributed to Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Untitled (Mountain Landscape), watercolor on paper, unsigned, sight: 18.75"h x 27.25"w, overall (with frame): 27.25"h x 36"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata (1885-1975) Lake Basin in High Sierra, Johnson Peak, USA
        Sep. 21, 2020

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975) Lake Basin in High Sierra, Johnson Peak, USA

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975) Lake Basin in High Sierra, Johnson Peak, USA Color print From the World Landscape Series, mark of publisher Takamizawa to verso 17 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches Provenance: Property of a California Collector C 

        Doyle New York
      • Print, Chiura Obata
        Sep. 13, 2020

        Print, Chiura Obata

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Madam Talia Savanieva (Before Singing)," 1930, woodblock print in colors on silk, signed and dated lower right, artist's stamp lower right, image: 15.75"h x 11"w, silk: 17.75"h x 12.75"w, with mat (unframed): 20.75"h x 15"w Provenance: Gifted from the artist's private collection

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on Paper, Chiura Obata
        Sep. 13, 2020

        Work on Paper, Chiura Obata

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Cherry Blossoms, ink wash on paper, signed and artist seal lower right, sight: 16.75"h x 22.75"w, overall (with frame): 27.25"h x 33.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on Paper, Chiura Obata
        Aug. 09, 2020

        Work on Paper, Chiura Obata

        Est: $500 - $700

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Amanohashidate," circa 1935, ink wash on rice paper, unsigned, sheet (unframed): 11"h x 16"w. Provenance: Estate of J. D. Ogletree. Note: COA accompanies this lot.

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on Paper, Chiura Obata
        Aug. 09, 2020

        Work on Paper, Chiura Obata

        Est: $500 - $700

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Amanohashidate Boat" circa 1935, ink, unsigned, wash on rice paper, sheet (unframed): 11"h x 16"w. Provenance: Estate of J. D. Ogletree. Note: COA accompanies this lot.

        Clars Auctions
      • Inkwash Scroll, Chiura Obata
        Aug. 09, 2020

        Inkwash Scroll, Chiura Obata

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese,1885-1975), "Cat Sitting Between Loquat Branches," inkwash on paper on Asian scroll, signed with artist seal lower right, overall (scroll): 78"h x 17.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Work on paper, Chiura Obata
        Jun. 14, 2020

        Work on paper, Chiura Obata

        Est: $2,000 - $4,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Untitled (View of the Bay with Eucalyptus), 1932, ink wash, signed/stamped and dated lower left, sight: 19.75"h x 14.75"w, overall (with frame): 26.5"h x 20.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Works on Paper, Chiura Obata
        Apr. 19, 2020

        Works on Paper, Chiura Obata

        Est: $500 - $700

        (lot of 2) Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Mustangs & Lotus Flowers, ink washes on paper, one signed lower right, sheet (each/unframed): 20.75"h x 15"w.

        Clars Auctions
      • Inkwash Scroll, Chiura Obata
        Mar. 22, 2020

        Inkwash Scroll, Chiura Obata

        Est: $2,000 - $4,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese,1885-1975), "Cat Sitting Between Loquat Branches," inkwash on paper on Asian scroll, signed with artist seal lower right, overall (scroll): 78"h x 17.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata, (1885-1975 Japanese/American), Cat lounging in garden, Watercolor on paper, Image: 5.75" H x 8.25" W
        Nov. 19, 2019

        Chiura Obata, (1885-1975 Japanese/American), Cat lounging in garden, Watercolor on paper, Image: 5.75" H x 8.25" W

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975 Japanese/American) Cat lounging in garden Watercolor on paper Signed lower right: Chiura Obata and with the artist's chopmarks Image: 5.75" H x 8.25" W

        John Moran Auctioneers
      • Chiura Obata (1885-1975), Watercolor, Carmel Cypress
        Sep. 19, 2019

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), Watercolor, Carmel Cypress

        Est: $1,000 - $2,500

        Unframed Chiura Obata (1885-1975) watercolor on paper depicting a Carmel Cypress. Signed lower right. Dimensions: 17.5"h x 23"w. Born in Japan, Obata was initially trained in ink wash painting. He moved to San Francisco and began working as an illustrator. He is known for his landscape and nature paintings which he later converted to woodblock images. Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $50.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.

        Witherell's
      • Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975)
        Jul. 27, 2019

        Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975)

        Est: $700 - $900

        Artist: Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975). Title: Persimmons Signature: Lower left. Size: Artwork: 17 1/4 x 22 1/2 inches. Frame: 25 x 29 1/2 inches. Created: 20th century. Medium: Water color.  

        Turner Auctions + Appraisals
      • Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975)
        Apr. 24, 2019

        Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975)

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Artist: Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975). Title: Persimmons Signature: Lower left. Size: Artwork: 17 1/4 x 22 1/2 inches. Frame: 25 x 29 1/2 inches. Created: 20th century. Medium: Water color.  

        Turner Auctions + Appraisals
      • Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975)
        Nov. 04, 2018

        Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975)

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        Artist: Chiura Obata (1885 - 1975). Title: "San Francisco Bay and Bay Bridge From Berkeley Hills". Signature: Lower right. Aize: Artwork:15 x 20 1/2 inches. Frame: 23 1/4 x 29 1/4 inches. Condition: Good.  Created: 1954. Medium: Water color.

        Turner Auctions + Appraisals
      • Watercolor, Chiura Obata
        Sep. 16, 2018

        Watercolor, Chiura Obata

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Jumping Fish, watercolor on paper, signed and stamped lower left, sight: 22"h xx 14.25"w, overall (with frame): 32.25"h x 23.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Old Cypress," ink brush on paper, signed and stamped lower right, sight: 19
        Sep. 16, 2018

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Old Cypress," ink brush on paper, signed and stamped lower right, sight: 19

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Old Cypress," ink brush on paper, signed and stamped lower right, sight: 19.25"h x 15"w, overall (with frame): 27.5"h x 21.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Woodblock print, Chiura Obata
        Nov. 19, 2017

        Woodblock print, Chiura Obata

        Est: $6,000 - $9,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Upper Lyell Fork, Near Lyell Glacier (from the World series: The Sierra)," 1930, woodblock print, Takamizawa imprint verso, titled in pencil verso, sheet (unframed): 18"h x 13.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Print, Chiura Obata
        Nov. 19, 2017

        Print, Chiura Obata

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Foggy Morning: Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco," 1930, woodblock print, signed stamped and dated lower right, image: 10.5" x 17" sheet (unframed): 12.75" x 19.25"

        Clars Auctions
      • Obata Chiura (1885-1975) Lychees and Grasshopper Mid-20th century
        Oct. 04, 2017

        Obata Chiura (1885-1975) Lychees and Grasshopper Mid-20th century

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Obata Chiura (1885-1975) Lychees and Grasshopper Mid-20th century

        Bonhams
      • Woodcut, Chiura Obata, 1930
        Mar. 19, 2017

        Woodcut, Chiura Obata, 1930

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), "Silence/Last Twilight on an Unknown Lake, Jhonson (Johnson) Peak, High Sierra, California, U.S.A.," 1930, woodcut and color, signed/stamped and dated lower left, printed by Takamizawa, sight: 10.75"h x 15.5"w, overall (with frame): 17"h x 21.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Watercolor. Chiura Obata
        Feb. 19, 2017

        Watercolor. Chiura Obata

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Dragonfly and Cattails, watercolor, signed and stamped lower left, sight: 22.25"h x 11.25"w, overall (with frame): 28.75"h x 17.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Watercolor, Attributed to Chiura Obata
        Jan. 15, 2017

        Watercolor, Attributed to Chiura Obata

        Est: $400 - $600

        Attributed to Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Blue Mountains, watercolor on paper, unsigned, sight: 6"h x 8.5"w, overall (with frame): 16.5"h x 18"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Ink wash, Chiura Obata
        Jan. 15, 2017

        Ink wash, Chiura Obata

        Est: $500 - $700

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Mice and Cheese, ink wash on paper, signed/stamped lower left, sheet: 23.25"h x 16"w, overall (with mat/unframed): 26"h x 21"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Ink wash, Chiura Obata
        Jan. 15, 2017

        Ink wash, Chiura Obata

        Est: $500 - $700

        Chiura Obata (American/Japanese, 1885-1975), Horse Kicking, ink wash on paper, signed/stamped lower left, sheet: 23"h x 17.5"w, overall (with mat/unframed): 26"h x 20.5"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata (Japanese-American, 1885-1975)
        Mar. 05, 2016

        Chiura Obata (Japanese-American, 1885-1975)

        Est: -

        Horse, Ink on paper, 39 x 54 cm, Signed

        Yair Art Gallery
      • Work on paper by Chiura Obata
        Aug. 10, 2014

        Work on paper by Chiura Obata

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/Californian, 1885-1975), Lounging Leopard, drybrush watercolor, signed lower right, sight: 13''h x 17.75''w, overall (with frame): 23''h x 27''w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata, Eagle Peak Trail
        May. 03, 2014

        Chiura Obata, Eagle Peak Trail

        Est: $1,000 - $1,500

        Chiura Obata, Eagle Peak Trail

        Floating World Auctions
      • Watercolor, Chiura Obata
        Apr. 13, 2014

        Watercolor, Chiura Obata

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/Californian, 1885-1975), Still Life with Flowers in a Vase, 1931, watercolor on paper, signed, stamped and dated lower right, sight: 14"h x 19"w, overall (with frame): 15.5"h x 20.75"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Drawing, Chiura Obata, Portrait of a Samurai Warrior.
        Jul. 14, 2013

        Drawing, Chiura Obata, Portrait of a Samurai Warrior.

        Est: $500 - $700

        Chiura Obata (Californian/Japanese, 1885-1975), Portrait of a Samurai Warrior, ink and color wash brush on paper, signed and stamped lower right, sight: 22"h x 16"w, overall (with frame): 29"h x 23"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Drawing, Chiura Obata, Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Kimona
        Jul. 14, 2013

        Drawing, Chiura Obata, Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Kimona

        Est: $500 - $700

        Chiura Obata (Californian/Japanese, 1885-1975), Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Kimona, ink and color wash brush on paper, signed and stamped lower right, sight: 22"h x 16"w, overall (with frame): 29"h x 23"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata, Snow Topped Branch, ink on paper
        Jun. 16, 2013

        Chiura Obata, Snow Topped Branch, ink on paper

        Est: $400 - $600

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/Californian, 1885-1975), Snow Topped Pine Branch, ink on paper, signed lower left, paper: 32"h x 16"w, overall (scroll): 45.5"h x 20.25"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata (1885-1975), ink and color wash brush on paper, Young samurai, signed and stamped lower right, overall 29" x 23"
        Jun. 16, 2013

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), ink and color wash brush on paper, Young samurai, signed and stamped lower right, overall 29" x 23"

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), ink and color wash brush on paper, Young samurai, signed and stamped lower right, overall 29" x 23"

        Clars Auctions
      • Ink and Color Brush Wash on Paper, Chiura Obata
        Jun. 16, 2013

        Ink and Color Brush Wash on Paper, Chiura Obata

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), ink and color wash brush on paper, depicting a pine tree and rocks by the shore, signed and stamped lower right, overall 23" x 29"

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata, ink and color wash brush on paper, Geisha
        Jun. 16, 2013

        Chiura Obata, ink and color wash brush on paper, Geisha

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        Chiura Obata (1885-1975), ink and color wash brush on paper, Geisha, signed and stamped lower right, overall 29" x 23"

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata, Magnolia, ink on paper
        Mar. 17, 2013

        Chiura Obata, Magnolia, ink on paper

        Est: $600 - $800

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/Californian, 1885-1975), Magnolia, ink on paper, signed lower right, paper: 15.75"h x 21"w

        Clars Auctions
      • Chiura Obata, Magnolia, watercolor and gouache on silk
        Mar. 17, 2013

        Chiura Obata, Magnolia, watercolor and gouache on silk

        Est: $400 - $600

        Chiura Obata (Japanese/Californian, 1885-1975), Magnolia, 1931, watercolor and gouache on silk, signed lower left and dated, overall: 15.5"h x 21"w

        Clars Auctions
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