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OBATA Masao (1943-2010)


The figures of what appear to be a couple are rendered in red pencil on cardboard. At a welfare facility for persons with disabilities in Kobe, which he entered after the age of 45, the artist Masao Obata consistently drew on cardboard brought back from the cafeteria, laying it on his bed as he worked. Many of Obata’s works depict wedding scenes and family gatherings, as if envisioning an ideal life. Unfortunately his early works do not survive, but his art has been featured in various exhibitions and venues by art specialists struck by its winning warmth. Obata died in 2010 leaving more than 1,000 pieces, 50 of which this museum received as a gift.


Date unknown
Colored pencil on cardboard
28.1×37.2 cm