Chiura Obata’s Evening Glow at Mono Lake, from Mono Mills

Selected Artworks from Chiura Obata: American Modern

A watercolor image with trees in the foreground, mountains in the middle ground, and the sunset in the background.

Chiura Obata, Evening Glow at Mono Lake, from Mono Mills, 1930, color woodcut on paper, 15 3/4 x 10 7/8 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Obata Family, 2000.76.10, © 1989, Lillian Yuri Kodani.

About this Artwork

In letters to his wife, Haruko, during the hiking trip, Obata struggled to express in words the beauty of his surroundings: “When we reached Mono Lake the tranquil lake did not even ripple. A mysterious feeling overwhelmed us. It was beyond description.”