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Baby and Toy Cow

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

American Art

With its imaginative arrangement of an infant, a cow pull toy, and other objects of personal significance, this drawing constitutes a symbolic portrait of the artist, who developed an idiosyncratic style combining Eastern and Western influences. Here the tipped-up perspective and asymmetrical composition suggest a Japanese aesthetic, while the figural distortions are indebted to American and European modernism. In the early 1920s, before turning to painting, Yasuo Kuniyoshi embraced the traditional Eastern practice of ink drawing, yet he manipulated the medium in unconventional ways, creating a range of textures and tones through the varied application of broad washes and delicate lines.
MEDIUM Black ink on off-white, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper
DATES 1921
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 14 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (36.8 x 27.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed lower center in ink: "KUNIYOSHI 21."
CREDIT LINE Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Yasuo Kuniyoshi (American, born Japan, 1889–1953). Baby and Toy Cow, 1921. Black ink on off-white, moderately thick, moderately textured wove paper, Sheet: 14 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. (36.8 x 27.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.22. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.22_IMLS_PS3.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1992.11.22_IMLS_PS3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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