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Outside of the Camp, Ark.

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Outside of the Camp, Ark.
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H: 13.5 in, W: 16.25 in, D: .25 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1943


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


Mounted on board, unframed.

Autumnal landscape with small figure, presumably of Henry Sugimoto himself, in lower right corner, dressed in blue pants, white shirt and yellow hat, seated on a rock with his back to the viewer. He leans toward the canvas before him on an easel. Two tree stumps rise up next to him. Another stump stands in the left corner foreground. In the distance, tall brown grasses obscure two structures. Tall trees in fall colors in the background.

Signed in medium, bottom left corner: Henry Sugimoto, Outside of the Camp, Ark.

Two items suggest the high probability that this is the artist in the image. First, Eddy Kurushima, nisei artist and former student of Sugimoto's did a pen-and-ink drawing some time befroe 1943 which was reproduced in a publication, Magnet (99.100.12, 96.52.2, 94.197.6, 95.189.2). The drawing shows a figure similar to the one here and has been confirmed as a depiction of Sugimoto as typically seen painting in camp.

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