Kakunen Tsuruoka, 1892-1977
tree at shoreline with passing sailboat
ink and color on washi paper; signed Kakunen with artist's large rectangular seal, Kakunen, and oval Tsuruoka family seal on verso, n.d., ca. late ca. 1942
13 by 19 7/8 in., 33.1 by 50.5 cm
This landscape was painted on the same type of washi paper Kakunen used for a few of his works from his time at Poston. As such, it seems likely that it was produced either before or shortly after his arrival at the internment camp, when he was still painting nostalgic views of Japan and signing in Japanese. Under those circumstances, he was probably making do with whatever materials he could find, but the porous nature of washi, lacking the sizing found in watercolor paper, made it problematic for Kakunen's style of painting which relied on manipulating washes and combing pigments in pools of ink. The discoloration of the paper along the shoreline is likely a result of the excess water seeping away from the wet pigment.
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