Photo of artists gathering c. 1920s

Although the date is unknown, this photograph was taken at an artist’s party. Eitaro Ishigaki, second row, far left, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi, second row, fifth from the left, are shown. These photos show that Japanese artists who studied at the Art Students League in the 1920s had close contact with fellow artists working in New […]

Artists gathering Apr. 6, 1928

First row, third from right, Kiyoshi Shimizu, first row, fourth from right, Eitaro Ishigaki, second row, far right, Ayako Ishigaki, third row, second from the right, Bunpei Usui, third row, third from the right, Soichi Kakunan, third row, second from left, Yasuo Kuniyoshi It shows a joyful time of partying with fellow artists.

Torajiro Watanabe, Mob and Persecution, c.1927 (Independent Artists Exhibition, 1927)

A large number of people pass by cars on the street, and acrowd of people gather beside a parked car in the middle ofthe street. Unlike “Symbol of Justice,” with its East Asiansubject matter, and “L Train in New York,” which incorporatescubist techniques, this work by Torajiro Watanabe attemptssocial realism. The “New York Shimpo” wrote, […]

Bumpei Usui, Ctalogue, c.1928 (1928, Salons of America)

In “Girl with Cats,” a woman sits on a chair in a room with a Siamese cat, probably his pet, lying on the floor. In contrast to the brown tones of the room, the window in the back right room shows a blue sky and the buildings of New York City.

Bumpei Usui, Ukulele, c.1928 (1928, Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists)

Bumpei Usui had previously painted several figures on the canvas, but here we see a woman sitting on a sofa playing the ukulele. The Nichibei Jiho (The Japan-America Times) wrote, “‘Ukulele’ is a good picture of Bumpei, whose compositionsare difficult to find a focus, but ‘Ukulele’ has a focus, and therefore is coherent and shows […]