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Untitled (Coal Miners)

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Untitled (Coal Miners)
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L: 64 in, W: 51.5 in, D: 1 in

, 1984


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


Stretched and framed, marker on canvas.

Split imagery of life in coal mine and world above. One man shovels coal, right foreground, while another raises a pickaxe above coal in wall on left. Behind them one man pushes a coal bin on tracks, right midground, as a man walks with a pickaxe and bucket in tunnel. All men are dressed in brown pants, black boots, cap and blue vest over tan shirt. A lamp shines light from above. At top, cloud-like image of trees and coal mill with sign, "Coal Mine," under sunny sky.

Signed in medium, bottom left corner: H. Sugimoto, 84 Written on back: [Japanese characters on upper left corner]

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