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Easter in Camp Jerome

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Easter in Camp Jerome
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H: 13.25 in, W: 16 in, D: .25 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1942


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


Oil on canvas mounted on masonite.

Still life of purple, red and white striped basket of easter eggs (red, blue, yellow) sitting on top paper, "Arkansas," on a wooden table. A Bible sits to the right of the basket and a blue egg to the left. White easter lilies peek out behind the wooden table, background left. Background right, a view of the barracks and watchtower.

Signed in medium, lower left corner, title in blue ink: H. Sugimoto, Easter in Camp Jerome Written on back, left center: Easter in Jerome Camp

Sugimoto was baptized in the 1920s and sustained a deep faith for the rest of his life. He wrote, "Dislocation, moving from one place to another, was indeed depressing and trying...this condition could be persevered by looking up and knowing that Christ had His heavy cross to bear." (Henry Sugimoto, ca. 1981, from personal papers archived at the Japanese American National Museum)

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