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Girl in White Dress (Sara Mazo)

Yasuo Kuniyoshi, American (born Japan), (September 1, 1889–May 14, 1953)

Creation date: 1934
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Bequest of Earle W. Grant
Accession Number: 1972.53
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 14 1/16 in. x 11 1/4 in. (35.72 cm x 28.58 cm)
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Yasuo Kuniyoshi, New York, New York (1934 - 1934)

The Downtown Gallery, Inc., New York, New York (1934 - April 17, 1935)

Earle Wilkin Grant, San Diego, California (April 17, 1935 - 1972)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1972 - )

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Kuniyoshi was born in Okayama, Japan, and came to the United States at the age of thirteen. During the late 1920s, he began spending extended periods in Woodstock, New York, and became an important member of the artists’ colony there. Kuniyoshi returned to Japan twice during the 1930s, and his work was well received in his birth country. Despite his time away in Woodstock and abroad, he continued to be an important figure in the New York art scene. This painting portrays Sara Mazo, soon to be Kuniyoshi’s second wife, in a somber and reflective moment. They were married one year after the portrait was completed. The back of the painting bears inscriptions from the couple. Kuniyoshi wrote “To Earl [sic] Grant with pleasant recollections of our meeting—more of them. April 19, 1935.” Mazo’s reads, “With much appreciation of your choice—and to a new friend.”
Last Updated: 8/17/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

The Grant-Munger Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego , 12/2/1954 - 1/2/1955

Choices from the Grant-Munger Collection San Diego Museum of Art , 4/13/1961 - 5/28/1961

Looking at America: An Exhibition Featuring Selections from the San Diego Museum Charles H. MacNider Museum , 8/21/1992 - 10/4/1992

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Newman in Context , 6/29/2013 - 9/8/2013

Art of the Americas The San Diego Museum of Art , 9/7/2021 - 00/00/00


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Martin E. Petersen. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1993
Page Number: 150

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 38, Figure Number: 77

Grant-Munger Collection: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, May 1970
Page Number: 108, no. 77

Shigemi Asano, ed. Yasuo Kuniyoshi Fukutake Publishing Co., Ltd.. Okayama, Japan, July 1991
Page Number: 109, Figure Number: 182


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