The Furniture Factory

Bumpei Usui American, born Japan

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 902

The playful experimentation with perspective and proportions in this depiction of men and boys absorbed in various tasks related to furniture manufacture fills the canvas with frenetic energy. Details, such as the wide range of tools and machinery that animate the interior, reveal Usui’s own extensive knowledge of woodworking. Following his immigration to New York from Japan, Usui integrated into the city’s art community through his trade as a frame maker, through which he met many leading contemporary painters.

The Furniture Factory, Bumpei Usui (American (born Japan), Nagano 1898–1994 New York), Oil on canvas

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