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In the evening

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

In the evening
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H: 20 in, W: 16 in

Topaz, Utah, March 1944


Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee


Unframed stretched canvas. Image of a person by barracks. The door of the barrack is white in color. The person is wearing red. There is a mountain and moon in the background.

Signed in caps, LL: Hisako Hibi / Aug. 1944

A tiny figure in red darts across the landscape of this painitng, about to disappear behind a barrack at the left. Hibi focuses our attention on the figure by the use of bright red within an otherwise drab scene. The buildings are clustered together but the viewer is allowed access to the pathways between them. The diagonal recession leads the viewer's eye back to the mountain peak in the background. The large cloud formation overwhelms the hazy sky which partially obscures the yellow moon. The usual signifiers of camp, the barbed-wire fence and guard towers, are absent from this work.

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