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[Harvesting potatoes at farm near Berne, Switzerland, 1939]

Okubo, Mine

[Harvesting potatoes at farm near Berne, Switzerland, 1939]
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H: 10 in, W: 14.5 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 10 x 14.5 in., matted 16 x 20 in.

A woman with flipped forelock of hair and tiny beret, Mine Okubo, kneels on the ground gathering potatoes as a French man and woman harvest the potatoes with rakes on a farm near Berne, Switzerland before the United States entered World War II. Mine wears a cross-patterned shirt and a floral half apron over pants in the foreground. Two bags of potatoes sit on ground at left. The French couple work behind her at midground, the man's face is covered by his cap. A fence and hill are visible in the background.

Signed at bottom left corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 2. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 2. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 2.

Drawings for the book, Citizen 13660, began as sketches and drawings created by Okubo while incarcerated at Tanforan and Topaz to tell faithful friends about camp life and were intended for exhibition purposes. Drawing is on page 4 of book.

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