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Kuniyoshi, Little Joe
- Although Yasuo Kuniyoshi immigrated to the United States from Japan when he was 16 years old and considered himself American, discriminatory immigration laws barred him from gaining American citizenship. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Kuniyoshi was not sent to an internment camp, but he was placed under house arrest and questioned by government officials. Like other non-citizen Japanese, Germans, and Italians, he was classed as an “enemy alien.”
- Kuniyoshi was influenced by European modernism, American folk art, and Japanese ink drawings. He combined these influences into his own dreamlike style that blends elements of the familiar and the strange.
More to think about
In his paintings, Yasuo Kuniyoshi often combined whimsical, dreamy elements with a sense of foreboding or danger. Looking closely at Little Joe with Cow, how are these two feelings brought together? Does one emotion dominate, in your opinion?