Kakunen Tsuruoka storm clouds forming over mesquite and distant mountain

Kakunen Tsuruoka, 1892-1977

untitled (storm clouds forming over mesquite and distant mountain)

watercolor on paper, signed at lower right in kanji, Kakunen, and signed and dated in English, Kakunen Tsuruoka 43, over artist's seal, Kakunen, 1943

14 3/4 by 22 5/8 in., 37.5 by 57.5 cm

Before the war, Kakunen always signed and/or sealed his paintings in kanji with a red archaic-form artist's seal. This watercolor, bearing Kakunen's signature in both Japanese and English, captures his deliberate transition from traditional Japanese painter to American landscape painter.

Acquired by the Saint Louis Art Museum


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