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Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Self Portrait
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painting
H: 19.25 in, W: 15.5 in, Frame: 26.75 x 22.5 x 1.75 in
oil
canvas

New York, N.Y., 1982

(92.97.99)

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

Description

Stretched and framed.

Self portrait of Henry Sugimoto as an older man. A greying Sugimoto, dressed in a dark suit and black tie, gazes directly ahead through black-rimmed glasses. Around his neck he wears a white ribbon with red stripes tied in bow above a five-pointed yellow star with a red circular design in its center. On his left breast are two medals: Kyokujitsu sho (The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays) and Shiju hosho (Medal of Honor with purple ribbon). The Kyokujitsu sho is a hexagonal medal with gold and white rays radiating from a red sun hanging from an paulownia medal attached to a red and white ribbon. The Shiju hosho is a circular medal of a silver wreath surrounding two kanji characters attached to a silver clasp and bar with a dark purple ribbon. On the left, behind him, a grey table with a Bible is visible. A white scroll with two kanji characters hangs (possibly "bright hope") in the upper right corner on a deep blue wall.

Inscription
Signed in medium, bottom left corner: H. Sugimoto, 1982 Written on back, bottom left corner: 1982, Henry Sugimoto ; left center: Self Portrait (In Japanese) slogan: will not lose hope. Self Portrait Henry Sugimoto Yuzuru In Commemoration of receiving honors [6th Order of the Rising Sun bestowed by the Emperor [Japanese character] Silver Award bestowed by the Japanese Government Cultural Award, Gold bestowed by Wakayama City] 1982 In my New York City Studio Frame, top center: IT 212GC Black Stencil, 20 1/4 x 16"

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