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Self portrait

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Self portrait
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H: 21.75 in, W: 18 in, D: .75 in

Paris, France, 1931


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


Stretched and framed.

Self portrait of Henry Sugimoto. Artist has depicted himself in ¥ profile, at left, with a blank canvas in front of him on an easel, at right. A potbelly stove is visible between the two in the background. Sugimoto wears a black beret and a red jacket with collar up over a white shirt. He gazes out directly at viewer.

Signed in medium, bottom left: H. Sugimoto. Written on back: Self Portrait/ Painted this portrait 1931/ 1931 / (In Japanese) Pari nite / Henry Sugimoto.

The stove in the background and general atmosphere of the room suggest that this portrait may have been done in camp. The extremely naturalistic rendering of the face and clothing differs from Sugimoto's camp period work; however, it might have been used for the self-portrait, where exceptionally close study of the subject was possible, and may not be indicative of a style shift (Sugimoto's portrait of his wife, done at the Fresno Assembly Center, is similar in style). The signature is followed by a blotted out area which may be a location or date. (KE)

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