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Eitaro Ishigaki, Unemployment, c.1932

A man hunches over, clutching a newspaper on a park
bench. In New York City during the Great Depression, the
streets were filled with unemployed people.
The New York Shimpo wrote, “Most people who are so out of
work that they are asleep on the rooftop with a newspaper in
their hands nowadays. Although it may be a bit too gloomy,
this is probably closer to what the artist intended.
Eitaro Ishigaki’s paintings often show the color of safflower,
which is peculiar but generally disliked. However, he has the spirit of a great artist, and I wish he could paint murals.
(“Japanese Art Exhibition with Works by Amateur Artists”
Nichibei Jiho, February 23, 1935).