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Died in battlefield

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Died in battlefield
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H: 25.5 in, W: 31.75 in, Frame: 26.5 x 32.75 x 1 in

Denson, Ark., ca. 1943


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


Stretched and framed. Wooden frame with gold streaks showing through.

Image of a U.S. Amy officer presenting a folded American flag for a soldier killed in action to deceased's wife or mother who is interned in a concentration camp in the United States. At left, a Caucasian man in tan uniform and white gloves bends down to present folded triangle flag of white stars on blue field to woman in white-trimmed black dress with hat seated on wooden seat at right. A little boy dressed in black and yellow striped shirt and tan shorts stands between them. All eyes are focused on the flag. A translucent bubble with an image of the deceased soldier in uniform saluting floats above the woman and boy. In the background behind them, an American flag flies in front of a mess hall next to a garden of giant sunflowers. An old man bent with age walks with a cane on a path between a barracks on left and the mess hall on right toward the viewer. In the distance a watchtower with a soldier on duty is visible above the barracks under a golden blue sky.

Signed in medium, bottom right: H. Sugimoto Written on back, left center: "Died in Battlefield" / 32" x 26"

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