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Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

In March
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painting
H: 22 in, W: 26 in
oil
canvas

Topaz, Utah, March 1943

(96.601.14)

Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee

Description

Unframed, stretched canvas.

Image of people traversing winter landscape of large open area interrupted by a solitary barren tree and bordered by barracks in Topaz concentration camp against backdrop of snowcapped mountain in Topaz, Utah. In foreground, three girls with heads covered at left walk towards right following a man in hat and coat holding hands with a child in red on right. Lone figure walking at midground center. Smoke rises from smokestacks of rows of barracks in background. Mountains rise in distance.

Inscription
Signed in caps, LL: Hisako Hibi / Mar 1943

History
This is another of Hisako Hibi's winter landscapes in which she depicts an open space inhabited by a few figures, bordered by rows of barracks in the background. The snow-covered mountain peak rises quite dramatically behind the barracks. Three girls appear at the left, while a man grasping the hand of a small child walks ahead of them. Another solitary figure stands in the distance. Perhaps they are all walking to or from the camp school, a system that employed both internees as well as teachers and administrators from the outside.

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