French Willow Tree
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Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum
Stretched and framed.
Focal point of image is large green leaved willow tree with brown shrubs at its base in open field of browning grass. A short distance behind, an olive-leaved tree at left center; two trees at right center; and low green shrubs directly behind willow. In background, greyish outline of cityscape under overcast sky.
Signed in medium, bottom left corner: H. Sugimoto Written on back, top center: French Willow Tree, 22 x 18"
"Village of Villiers" and "French Willow Tree" were among some two hundred paintings that Sugimoto brought back from France. It was a solid body of work, and he was invited to do a one-person exhibit at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco soon after his return.
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