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Title
The 3rd winter in Topaz
Creator
Hibi, Hisako
Date Created and/or Issued
1/1/1944
Publication Information
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Contributing Institution
Japanese American National Museum
Collection
Hibi (Hisako) Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Unframed stretched canvas. Image of barracks which are snow covered with smoke coming from the chimneys. There is one man walking and utility poles line the snow covered street.
In this painting Hisako Hibi seems to have resolved some of the compositional and perspectival issues she was grappling with in other works. She gives us a view of the barracks from a sharp profile, so that the edges of the roofs recede into space. The electrical poles echo the row of barracks providing a kind of pathway between the poles and buildings. Snow covers the rooftops and ground completely. The scene is a quiet one with only three lone figures dotting the landscape. Smoke rises from the chimneys of buildings at the right, perhaps hinting at the unseen activity within the barracks.
Type
image
Format
Painting oil on canvas
Form/Genre
painting
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf029000pg
96.601.37
Subject
Concentration Camps, Topaz | barracks | mountain | man | snow

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