Art: California Japanese

The imperfections of Japanese military strategy have made more news lately than the perfections of Japanese art (see p. 14). But one day fortnight ago a demonstration of brush drawing by a 53-year-old Japanese artist drew the unprecedented number of 1.900 visitors to the old Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento. Calif., and his atmospheric, formalized landscapes, on view last week, made critics remember him as one of the most accomplished artists in the West.

Chiura Obata's father was one of the Japanese artists who did their best 60 years ago to imitate Leonardo da Vinci. Little Obata was apprenticed at seven to...

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