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Girl with an Accordion

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Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Girl with an Accordion, 1941, oil on canvas, Museum Purchase: Ella M. Hirsch Fund, © artist or other rights holder, 41.12

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Title

Girl with an Accordion

Artist

Yasuo Kuniyoshi (American, born Japan, 1893-1953)

Date

1941

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

49 1/8 in x 40 1/8 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: Yasuo Kuniyoshi, brushed, upper left

Collection Area

Modern and Contemporary Art; American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Ella M. Hirsch Fund

Accession Number

41.12

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

canvas

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

portraits

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Janet and Richard Geary Gallery

Description

With a unique whimsy, Kuniyoshi used somber, earthy colors to create compositions rich with fantasy and symbolism. His figural paintings often combined animal and still-life elements from nineteenth-century folk art, traditional Japanese motifs, and modernist European and American styles. With precise draftsmanship, he used decorative imagery and real-world themes, injecting them with a tone of moodiness. After 1930, he introduced luminous blues to his paintings, adding brilliance and translucence. He created a number of portraits of women, each highly individualistic, like Girl with an Accordion.

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