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Sunset

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

Sunset
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painting
H: 18 in, W: 22 in
oil
canvas

Topaz, Utah, July 1944

(96.601.28)

Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee

Description

Unframed stretched canvas. Image of a sunset with barracks and mountains in the background. The colors are yellow, red and black.

Inscription
Signed, LR: Hisako Hibi / July 1944 ; BACK: Hisako Hibi July 1944 Sunset

History
Despite its lack of greenery and vegetation, the desert where Topaz concentration camp was located did offer moments of beauty. The sunsets, in particular, were noted for their amazing colors and brilliance. Hisako Hibi was especially taken with the sunsets at Topaz. In this painting she tries to capture the intensity of that event. In her writing Hibi often remarked upon the amazing sunsets. Even with the focus on the beauty of nature, Hibi did not avoid including two barracks in the painting. In this way she insists on reminding the viewer of the situation and that this was created in the context of the concentration camps.

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