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painting
H: 20 in, W: 16 in
oil
canvas

Topaz, Utah, February 1945

(96.601.50)

Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee

Description

Unframed, stretched canvas.

Image of girl in red coat standing alone with head lowered as she carries books under her proper left arm in the foreground right at Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Partial view of green barrack on slight slope at left edge. Row of barracks and utility poles extend from center midground into distance. Snow covered mountain rises in background.

Inscription
Signed LL: Hisako Hibi / Feb. 1945

History
This is one of the few paintings done by Hisako Hibi which focuses on a single figure portrayed in detail in the foreground. A young girl wearing a red coat stands at the right, carrying books under one arm with her head lowered. She appears to be gazing at the ground in front of her. Hibi provides relatively more detail for the face of this figure than in her other works. The girl appears somewhat melancholy standing alone within the landscape. The edge of a barrack frames the painting at the left. In the background is a row of buildings that recedes into space. The mountain rises dramatically in the background against a hazy sky.

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