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Leaping Fish, 1930
15.5 x 21 in
Description: A large powerful fish leaps upwards with abandon as if breaking bounds with the water below.Following formulas some of which were more than a thousand years old, Obata ground his own paints from a variety of materials, including precious and semiprecious stones, flower petals, and oyster shells. For his blues, Obata ground lapis lazuli; for greens, he ground malachite, turquoise, or peacock stone. He is reputed to have used ruby dust for special reds - at a cost of seven hundred dollars for a tiny vial. As such, the Artist describes the fishes blue glistening scales and curve of its body,in one of his favorite subjects.
Edition: one and only
Condition: very fine color state and condition, faintly toned
Signed: in black brush
Sealed: in red