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Okubo, Mine

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H: 9.25 in, W: 13 in

United States, 1942-1944


Gift of Mine Okubo Estate


1 drawing on paper : ink ; image 9.25 x 13 in.

A woman wearing a cross-patterned shirt and holding a paintbrush, Mine Okubo teaches a disorderly elementary school art class in Tanforan. She stands in the right midground and looks over her shoulder at two girls who appear to be fighting. Three rows of desks seat ten children painting with watercolors. Each student has his own set of paints, water cup, paper, and brush. Two boys in the front row paint on each other.

Signed at bottom right corner: Mine. Written in pencil, bottom right corner: 87. Written and circled in pencil, bottom left corner: 87. Stamped in black ink on back, top left corner: 5191. Written in pencil on back, bottom right corner: 87.

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 92 of book.

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