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    Sale 2142

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    5 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953)

    Tired Clown

    Price Realised  

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953)
    Tired Clown
    signed 'Kuniyoshi' (upper left)
    casein on panel
    16 x 12 in. (40.6 x 30.5 cm.)
    Painted in 1946.


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    Provenance

    The Downtown Gallery, New York.
    John Hay Whitney, New York.
    Dorothy Dillon Eweson, Far Hills, New Jersey, circa 1960s.
    Estate of the above.
    Sotheby's, New York, 24 May 2006, lot 158.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Literature

    "Art News of America: Rattner Wins La Tausca First Prize," ARTnews, January 1947.
    Whitney Museum of American Art, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1948.
    National Museum of Modern Art, Yasuo Kuniyoshi Memorial Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, Japan, 1954, n.p., no. 30, illustrated.
    Downtown Gallery, Circus Themes by Yasuo Kuniyoshi, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1955.
    Fukutake Publishing, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Okayama, Japan, 1991, p. 149, no. 302, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Retrospective Exhibition, March-May 1948.
    Tokyo, Japan, National Museum of Modern Art, and elsewhere, Kuniyoshi Memorial Exhibition, March-April 1954, no. 30.
    New York, The Downtown Gallery, Circus Themes by Yasuo Kuniyoshi, February-March 1955.