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A bathroom

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

A bathroom
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H: 20 in, W: 24 in

Topaz, Utah, 1945


Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee


Unframed stretched canvas. Charcoal(?) drawing of almost empty room, smaller room at end visible with woman bent over bathtub.

Signed in caps, LL: Hisako Hibi ; BACK: I think we only had 4 bath tubs in our block Block 16

This is a particularly interesting piece because it is an unfinished painting and, thus, provides information about Hisako Hibi's method of painting. This example suggests that Hibi began with a charcoal sketch and used light washes of paint to begin to build up the image. It appears that this work was situated in the interior of one of the bathrooms. In the background a woman appears to be bending over a child in a tub. There are some outlines of figures at the left as well. Clearly this work is important for its documentary meaning, providing insight into Hibi's working method.

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