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    Sale 12165

    American Art

    22 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953)

    Al Perkins Drying Fish

    Price Realised  


    Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953)
    Al Perkins Drying Fish
    signed ‘Y. Kuniyoshi’ (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 61 cm.)
    Painted in 1922.

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    In 1917, Yasuo Kuniyoshi met art patron Hamilton Easter Field, who invited the young Japanese artist and his girlfriend Katherine Schmidt for a summer at his artist's colony in Ogunquit, Maine. Living and working in the fishermen's shacks at Perkins Cove over the next few summers, Kuniyoshi created some of the great paintings of his early career, including the present work of a local fisherman.


    The artist.
    Samuel Lewisohn, New York, acquired from the above.
    By descent to the late owners.

    Pre-Lot Text



    A. Brook, "February Exhibitions; Yasuo Kuniyoshi," The Arts, vol. 3, 1923, p. 126.
    Fukutake Publishing, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Okayama, Japan, 1991, pp. 73, 213, no. 74, illustrated.
    T. Wolf, "'Yoshi's Choice," Portland Monthly, September 2012, p. 51.


    New York, Daniel Gallery, Recent Paintings and Drawings by Yasuo Kuniyoshi, January 1923.