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Washing Dishes

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Washing Dishes
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L: 34 in, W: 27.5 in

New York, N.Y., c. 1970


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


Unstretched and unframed

Three Japanese men work in a kitchen. Man in foreground stands with his back to the viewer as he washes white dishes at large grey sink. He is dressed in blue shirtsleeves, white apron and a white towel tied around his forehead. To his right is a stack of plates and a number of cups and saucers. In the background left, a man stands facing the viewer dressed as a waiter with white jacket, black tie, a towel over his right forearm and a plate and utensils in hand. On the right, with his back to the viewer, a man leans over a pot on the back left burner of a stove, stirrring the pot with a spoon. Above him is a ventilating hood. He wears a white shirt, blue pants, white apron and hat. The backdrop is a yellow wall.

Signed in medium, top right corner: H. Sugimoto Washing Dishes / 32" x 26"

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