Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Self-Portrait as a Photographer

Artist:
Yasuo Kuniyoshi (American (born Japan), Okayama 1889–1953 New York)
Date:
1924
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 1/2 × 30 1/4 in. (52.1 × 76.8 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982
Accession Number:
1984.433.11
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 900
The painter is caught in the act of taking a photograph, an activity he first took up in 1919 to supplement his income. "I bought a regular studio camera and practiced taking pictures by using my own canvases as models…. in between painting I received commissions from friends and galleries for photographing sculpture and paintings." Later, in the 1930s, he also produced photographs that were independent artworks.
Scofield Thayer, New York (by 1926–d. 1982; on extended loan to the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass., as part of the Dial Collection, 1936–82; his bequest to MMA)

New York. Daniel Gallery. "Recent Paintings and Drawings by Yasuo Kuniyoshi," closed on January 24, 1925, no. 7 (as "Self-Portrait").

New York. Whitney Museum of American Art. "Yasuo Kuniyoshi Retrospective Exhibition," March 27–May 9, 1948, no. 20 (as "Self-Portrait," lent anonymously through the courtesy of the Worcester Art Museum).

Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial and the Dial Collection," April 30–September 8, 1959, no. 34.

Worcester Art Museum. "The Dial Revisited," June 29–August 22, 1971, no catalogue.

Worcester Art Museum. "'The Dial': Arts and Letters in the 1920s," March 7–May 10, 1981, no. 60.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "14 Americans," July 16, 1990–January 2, 1991, unnum. checklist.

Fort Worth. Amon Carter Museum. "The Shores of a Dream: Yasuo Kuniyoshi's Early Work in America," September 7–November 17, 1996, no. 12.

Portland, Me. Portland Museum of Art. "The Shores of a Dream: Yasuo Kuniyoshi's Early Work in America," February 1–March 30, 1997, no. 12.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Looking At You," January 26–September 30, 2001, no catalogue.

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. "Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953)," March 23–May 16, 2004, no. 32.

The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama. "Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953)," May 29–July 19, 2004, no. 32.

Nagoya. Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art. "Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953)," August 6–September 26, 2004, no. 32.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum. "Asian/ American/ Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970," October 25, 2008–January 18, 2009, no. 7.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Lens and the Mirror, Part 1: Modern Self-Portraits from the Collection," April 7–July 12, 2009, no catalogue.

Brooklyn Museum. "Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties," October 28, 2011–January 29, 2012, no. 74.

Dallas Museum of Art. "Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties," March 4–May 27, 2012, no. 74.

Cleveland Museum of Art. "Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties," July 1–September 16, 2012, no. 74.

Washington, D. C. Smithsonian American Art Museum. "The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi," April 3–August 30, 2015, no. 23.

Dudley Poore. "Current Exhibitions." Arts 7 (February 1925), pp. 113–14, ill.

Henry McBride. "Modern Art." Dial 78 (March 1925), p. 257, ill. between pp. 206 and 207, as "Portrait of the Artist".

Yasuo Kuniyoshi. "East to West." Magazine of Art 33 (February 1940), ill. p. 72, calls it "Self-Portrait".

Aline B. Louchheim. "Kuniyoshi: Look, My Past." Art News 47 (April 1948), pp. 47–48, ill.

Louisa Dresser in The Dial and the Dial Collection. Exh. cat., Worcester Art Museum. Worcester, Mass., 1959, p. 69, no. 34.

Franklin Riehlman and Tom Wolf in Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Artist as Photographer. Exh. cat., Edith C. Blum Art Institute. Milton and Sally Avery Center for the Arts. The Bard College Center. Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., 1983, p. 8, ill. p. 6, call it "Self-Portrait with Camera" and locate it formerly on loan to the Worcester Art Museum; date it 1923 in the caption and 1924 in the text.

Tom Wolf in The Shores of a Dream: Yasuo Kuniyoshi's Early Work in America. Exh. cat., Amon Carter Museum. Fort Worth, 1996, p. 26, colorpl. 12.

Masanori Ichikawa in Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953). Ed. Mika Kuraya and Masaaki Ozaki. Exh. cat., National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, 2004, pp. 183, 185, 202, no. 32, ill. p. 64 (color).

Mika Kuraya in Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953). Ed. Mika Kuraya and Masaaki Ozaki. Exh. cat., National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Tokyo, 2004, p. 195.

Mark Dean Johnson in Asian/ American/ Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970. Ed. Daniell Cornell and Mark Dean Johnson. Exh. cat., Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum. San Francisco, 2008, p. 51, no. 7, ill. (color).

ShiPu Wang in Asian/ American/ Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970. Ed. Daniell Cornell and Mark Dean Johnson. Exh. cat., Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum. San Francisco, 2008, pp. 23–24.

Teresa A. Carbone in Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties. Ed. Teresa A. Carbone. Exh. cat., Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, 2011, p. 98, fig. 74 (color).

Tom Wolf. The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Exh. cat., Smithsonian American Art Museum. Washington, D. C., 2015, pp. 29–30, 80, no. 23, ill. p. 110 (color).



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