End of Juanita
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
In this work, Yasuo Kuniyoshi takes on a subject typical of his later career: the still life. He named the pitcher depicted in this painting “Juanita” after purchasing it in Mexico on his honeymoon.
Born in Japan, Kuniyoshi moved to California as a teenager. After studying in Los Angeles, he settled in New York. There, he was influenced by European modernist styles that his artist friends were exploring, as well as by Japanese design and iconography, reflected in this monochromatic and flattened composition. Though he was labeled an “enemy alien” after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, like many other Japanese Americans, Kuniyoshi remained pro-American and even designed posters for the Office of War Information.
Oil on canvas
44 1/4 x 34 1/4in. (112.4 x 87cm)
frame: 54 1/8 x 44 x 2 7/8 in. (137.5 x 111.8 x 7.3 cm) (show scale)
Signed upper right: "Yasuo Kuniyoshi / 42"
Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (American, born Japan, 1889-1953). End of Juanita, 1942. Oil on canvas, 44 1/4 x 34 1/4in. (112.4 x 87cm). Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.23. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.11.23_SL3.jpg)
overall, 1992.11.23_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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