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HARRY YOSHIZUMI (1922-) impressionistic 1957 modernist painting by Japanese American artist

HARRY YOSHIZUMI (1922-) impressionistic 1957 modernist painting by Japanese American artist

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Oil on board, 20" by 24" and frame 2 3/4" wide, signed in the paint at lower right "H. YOSHIZUMI" and dated there "57". Titled on two labels "Monterey Wharf", this is a striking, impressionist yet modern painting by a talented artist who was born in nearby Watsonville of Japanese ancestry. Yoshizumi was incarcerated during World War II at the Poston, Arizona internment camp. Many net references discuss the art he was able to produce while there, depicting his grim and alien surroundings. He is quoted in the book "Beyond Words---Images from America's Concentration Camps", and some of his works are shown. The book focuses on the visual record, rather than the oral history, of those camps. Yoshizumi after the war attended the Art Students League in New York, and later the California School of Fine Arts and the California College of Arts and Crafts. He is said to have stopped painting in 1965, after which he worked for more than 25 years at IBM. This is what I have been able to glean from the net on this obviously talented and significant painter, for whom there surprisingly seem to to be no auction records. Most certainly he should be added to the listings of California artists. One label on the reverse refers to the painting's entry into a show or exhibition, perhaps in the Las Vegas area, and another handwritten one gives the title, "Monterey Wharf". The painting seems to me to bear some ties to the California watercolor school, in the way that the details are painted; not surprising, considering that Yoshizumi was rather skilled in the use of watercolor, as was shown by the works he produced while interned.