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A wind brought a storm

Hibi, Hisako [ bio ]

A wind brought a storm
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painting
H: 20 in, W: 24 in
oil
canvas

Topaz, Utah, February 1945

(96.601.53)

Gift of Ibuki Hibi Lee

Description

Unframed stretched canvas. Image of puffy clouds filling top half of canvas, large gymnasium type building on horizon, green building to right and front of it.

Inscription
Signed LR: Hisako Hibi / Feb 1945 ; BACK: February, 1945 After this terrible wind--we had snow This was the first time I took new easel that Mr Choupoukaft (?) send gave to us. Hisako Hibi It was so windy that at last the easel + canvas flew away + down on the ground--

History
In this painting Hisako Hibi depicts Topaz concentration camp during one of its many storms. Buildings stand in the distance on a low horizon line. Above is an abstract geometric shape, perhaps an outline of the mountain range. The sky contains large swelling clouds in grey, white and blue tones. Small shadowy figures walk in the foreground. Hibi seems to be trying to achieve a sense of the gusty wind of Topaz. The inscription on the back of the painting notes that Hibi went outside to paint but that the wind knocked down her easel and canvas.

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