Topaz Moon by Chiura Obata
Chiura Obata's Art of the Internment

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Chiura Obata was one of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans forcefully relocated in 1942 from their homes and communities to the stark barracks of desert internment camps. As an artist faithfully recording the world around him, Obatas work from this period gives us a view into the camps that is at once honest in the details of austerity and hardship, and strikingly lyrical in its portrayal of hope and beauty even in incarceration.

Topaz Moon presents more than 100 of Obatas sketches, sumi paintings, and watercolors from the internment period. Lovingly collected and edited by his granddaughter, Obatas work gives testament to his artistic genius and a spirit undefeated by adversity.

 

About Chiura Obata

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Hill is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the California College of Arts and Crafts. She has served as consultant for numerous Obata projects and lectures on his work.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Heyday Books. 147 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Japanese-born painter Obata (1885-1975) taught at UC-Berkeley from 1932 until December 1942, when the federal government forced 110,000 Japanese-Americans (Obata among them) from their homes and into

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Japanese-born painter Obata (1885-1975) taught at UC-Berkeley from 1932 until December 1942, when the federal government forced 110,000 Japanese-Americans (Obata among them) from their homes and into internment camps.

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