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Thinking About Christ

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Thinking About Christ
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H: 19.25 in, W: 23.75 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1943


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


Stretched and framed.

On left, Jesus Christ bears cross on left shoulder as he passes behind a Japanese American man who bends under the weight of a block of dark images of camp, a watchtower and a mess hall, on right. Christ is in white-blue with a halo. The other man is in white short sleeves. In the foreground, a stalk of wheat apears in lower left corner, while a translucent open book floats between Christ and the man in the center. In the background, three white crosses stand on a hill, visible through Christ's cross.

Written on back of canvas: Thinking About Christ/22" x 18"

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