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My Man

A work made of casein on board.

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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.


On View, Gallery 265


Arts of the Americas


Yasuo Kuniyoshi


My Man


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Casein on board


37.5 × 26.7 cm (14 3/4 × 10 1/2 in.)

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Olivia Shaler Swan Memorial Collection

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