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Eitaro Ishigaki, Nuns and Flappers, c.1925

Eitaro Ishigaki’s “The Nun and the Girl,” also exhibited at the Salons of America in 1925, depicts a flapper and a nun. Fellow artists have praised these works. “He is the one
who has really made a man of this exhibition, “The nun and the girl”, which everyone who comes to the show stops and looks at in silence, is a perfect example of the nun as a saintly figure and the modern flapper who lives a superficial life in pursuit of pleasure. The drawing is not overworked and the colors are clear, which is very good. The “Traffic Conundrum” is one of the best recent works I have seen in this category. There is not the slightest gap. The composition of the bus is very well done, including the green color of the bus and the neat arrangement of the figures. I think this is his best work to date. (Fujioka) When I asked him which of Ishigaki’s works he would like me to buy, he said, “Of course, I would choose “Traffic Conundrum” because the brushwork, coloring and
drawing are all very refined which I found to be his work at first glance. (Watanabe)
This artist also uses the shifting of the crowd as his specialty. At least in my opinion, it is a very Japanese style painting. Perhaps it is because of the skillful curves and smooth brushstrokes. Although I have already completed “Traffic Conundrum,” I prefer “The Nun and the Girl” because its clear composition and rational tone of color show the magnitude of the work. I especially like the two nuns, who are very much in the mold.” (Shimizu) (“Art Exhibition Review,” New York Shimpo, February 26, 1927)