A fine pen and ink on paper drawing of a coastal locale, (9" by 14 3/4" inside the mat, 17 1/2" by 21 1/2" as framed), the drawing in a style that is quite oriental in its delicacy, signed at lower right by well listed California artist PERHAM NAHL (1869-1935). Near the signature is written what appears as "at Kodanis May 1932". This suggests to me that the drawing depicts Kodani, Japan, in the Nara area south and east of Kyoto, though, that is far inland and not near a coast---a google map shows a long lake or reservoir. Nahl was one of the younger members of a prominent early California family, the son of Hugo Nahl; well known artist Charles Nahl was his uncle. He studied art under these relatives and then after the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 went to Paris and Munich for further training. After his return to the San Francisco area he began instructing at the California College of Arts and Crafts. He became professor of drawing at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1920's, and taught until the end of his life. In his later years he was an authority on Japanese painting, having spent a significant amount of time there (this would explain the style of this drawing). He became curator of the Armes collection of oriental art at Berkeley. Nahl's 1915 poster "13th Labor of Hercules", featuring a nude, Atlas-type figure wedged into a gash holding apart two land masses, became the official image of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of that year. The poster is now quite collectable. Nahl died tragically, in his sixties, after sustaining injuries when hit by a vehicle. The artist is said to have been prolific and popular, but there appear to be few auction records for his scarce work. This drawing is in very good condition. I note some light handling creases in the delicate type paper and a few lightly brownish areas (all seemingly more obvious in photos than when viewed).
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