By the highly underrated Japanese-born artist most closely associated with Minnesota, this is a circa 1915 watercolor lakeside landscape with figures and flowering trees in the spring, painted in a dreamy, reverie style with delicate light colors. The artist is YAMADA BASKE (1869-1934), born in Tokyo as Fukawa Jin Basuke. The young man was in the United States by 1885, where he attended the Art Students League in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Among his teachers was William Merritt Chase; in 1907 Baske was described at the Philadelphia Museum School as a brilliant student. In later years Baske evidently returned to Japan, teaching there in Yokohama and Tokyo. His works appear rarely, and the cypher/signature is often difficult to read. He is best known for watercolor, and for his blanched looking works, with a disctinctive delicate light color palette, all seen in this excellent example. The work measures 15" by 23 1/4" (25" by 32 1/2" framed). All photos were taken through detail-dulling non-glare glass, which breaks easily in shipping. It will be discarded.
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