Bid Smart: Chiura Obata’s art deftly bridges Japan and California

A first edition woodblock print of Chiura Obata’s ‘Lake Basin in High Sierra’ achieved $25,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Ukiyoe Gallery Japanese Woodblock Prints and LiveAuctioneers.
A first edition woodblock print of Chiura Obata’s ‘Lake Basin in High Sierra’ achieved $25,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Ukiyoe Gallery Japanese Woodblock Prints and LiveAuctioneers.
A first edition woodblock print of Chiura Obata’s ‘Lake Basin in High Sierra’ achieved $25,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2021. Image courtesy of Ukiyoe Gallery Japanese Woodblock Prints and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Japanese-born painter Chiura Obata (1885–1975) came to San Francisco in 1903 at about age 18 and during seven decades of art-making became indelibly ingrained in the history of California art. His story is unique and multilayered.

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Turner celebrates life of artist Xavier Martinez with Feb. 25 sale

Xavier Martinez, ‘Mexican Mother and Child,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000
Xavier Martinez, ‘Mexican Mother and Child,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present a sale titled The Collection of Bohemian Artist Xavier Martinez and His Family on Saturday, February 25, beginning at 10:30 am Pacific time. Featuring more than 200 lots, the auction spans about 110 years and five generations related to famed Northern California artist Xavier Martinez (1869-1943). Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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