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Title
Topaz Hospital
Creator
Hibi, Hisako
Date Created and/or Issued
6/1/1943
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 an elderly man watching children playing inside a fenced in area. There are barracks and a mountain in the background.
This painting is slightly ambiguous in its composition and meaning. It is entitled "Topaz Hospital" yet there is nothing within the painting that makes explicit reference to such a building. Presumably the structure in the background is the hospital. Thus, despite the title of this painting what takes precedence are the figures in the foreground. A man stands stiffly at the left, clasping his hands behind him looking towards a huddled trio of figures seated at the right. They appear to be sitting on something within a space enclosed by a few short poles and wire or rope. Who these figures are meant to be and what they might be doing is unclear. The building in the distance seems to have a tall chimney. Behind that is the mountain range which frames many of Hibi's landscapes.
Type
image
Format
Painting oil on canvas
Form/Genre
painting
Identifier
http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/tf8v19n9wj
96.601.11
Subject
Concentration Camps, Topaz | man | children | playground | barracks | mountain

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