Lot #21169

After Chuira Obata By Louise Schatz

estimate: $800 - $1200

starting price: $600

closing price: $650

Description: Signed L. Mclure and dated on lower right corner
technique: Mixed technique on silk
description: Signed L. Mclure and dated on lower right corner
Dimension: 40 x 28 cm
condition: Good, not examined out of frame
provenance: Estate of the artist
notes: “Louise Schatz enjoyed working with watercolors already in the 1930’s, while she studied art at the California University in Berkley, CA. She interned under Margaret Peterson and the Japanese painter, Chuira Obata (1885-1975)… About 10 Japanese studies, which were left in the Louise Schatz Estate, were made in Obata’s classes dated 1936 or 1939. These were the years of “Japanese studies”. Some of them are signed by the teacher, and others are signed Louise Mclure. These are copies of traditional Japanese drawings, of Obata and others, some of them in ink and some in watercolors…Another painting depicts three Japanese women in Kimonos, marvelously decorated. The bodies, the arms and the dresses present a choreographic movement…. There is no doubt that in these studies made in Obata’s classes, Louise improved her watercolor technique and her paintings reached a new degree of spirituality.” (Gideon Ofrat, Louise Schatz 1916-1997, The Artists’ House, Jerusalem (2006), pp. 10-11).
exhibition: Louise Schatz 1916-1997, The Artists’ House, Jerusalem, June 2006, Curator: Gideon Ofrat.
literature: Louise Schatz 1916-1997, Gideon Ofrat, The Artists’ House, Jerusalem (2006), p. 25.

Louise Schatz (1912-1997)Born in Vancouver, Canada, studied fine arts in California, USA. As a member of the California Seven group she created prints and patterns for textiles. After her marriage to the Israeli painter Bezalel Schatz, she immigrated to Israel in 1951. She expressed herself mainly in abstract watercolors, which reflected the Mediterranean colors. She also created designs for crafts, book illustrations, ceramic murals and much more. She did murals of Zim ships Shalom and Theodor Herzl, El-Al office in London, the Tenth Anniversary State of Israel exhibition, ceramic walls for Midrahsat Amalia in Jerusalem and the library of Beit Haam in Jerusalem. Founder – member of the Yaad craft workshop, she designed copper pieces, which were exhibited at the tenth Triennale in Milan in 1954, winning a silver medal. She received Above Competition prize for textile designs at the Bezalel National Museum in 1952; the Jerusalem prize for painting in 1973; the Jerusalem artist prize Shen in 197. She was widely exhibited in Israel and abroad, and her works are to be found in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Art Museum, the Haifa Art Museum, and in private collections in Israel and abroad. She passed away from cancer in 1977.