Chiura Obata

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Before Singing_ Madame Talia Savanieva - Chiura  Obata

Before Singing, Madame Talia Savanieva, 1930

Woodblock Print  
15 x 10.5 in

Description: Print number 31 from the series of 35; it is the only portrait in the series. Madame Savanieva was an opera diva who sang in San Francisco in the late 1920s. The artist befriended the singer while painting sets for Madame Butterfly in 1924.This print reportedly required an astonishing 130 separate printing sequences. 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.

Issued: 1930

Edition: 200

Condition: This is the fully finished state of the image, in very fine condition, trimmed margins

Signed: in black ink

Sealed: in artist's red chop

Special Label: dated 1930

Publisher: Tamikazawa Color Print Co., Japan

Series: World Landscape Series

$ 2,400.00

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