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Died in battlefield

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

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

Denson, Ark., ca. 1943

(92.97.95)

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

Description

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.

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

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