Bearing Witness invites audiences to follow the evolution of Chiura Obata’s distinctive blending of Japanese techniques with modern abstraction, from some of his earliest watercolors depicting the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake, to his famous prints of California landscapes, to his somber consideration of World War II’s devastation.
Image: Setting Sun on Sacramento Valley, California, U.S.A, 1930. by Chiura Obata (American, 1885—1975). Ink and colors on paper. Asian Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Stephen A. Sherwin and Merrill Randol Sherwin, 2010.12. Photograph © Asian Art Museum.