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My Man

A work made of casein on board.

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  • A work made of casein on board.

Date:

1943

Artist:

Yasuo Kuniyoshi
American, born Japan, 1889–1953

About this artwork

In My Man, Japanese-born artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi depicted a common sight during World War II: a woman embracing a sailor. Kuniyoshi’s version of the scene depicts a blond-haired man and an Asian woman at a time when the loyalty of Japanese Americans was being questioned. Even as tens of thousands of Japanese Americans enlisted or already served in the United States military, the government imprisoned thousands of citizens of Japanese descent in incarceration camps between 1942 and 1945. Kuniyoshi was labeled an “enemy alien,” and his assets were frozen. The dealer Edith Halpert, herself an immigrant, promoted his work throughout the war and sold this painting to the Art Institute shortly after he created it.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Title

My Man

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

1943

Medium

Casein on board

Dimensions

37.5 × 26.7 cm (14 3/4 × 10 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1944.426

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