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Remains of Lunch

1922 Yasuo Kuniyoshi Born: Okayama, Japan 1889 Died: New York, New York 1953 pen and ink, brush and ink on paper 13 7/8 x 10 1/2 in. (35.2 x 26.7 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 2003.18 Not currently on view


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Kuniyoshi’s early drawings were often humorous, and his keen wit and interest in visual and verbal puns are evident in Remains of Lunch. This drawing unpretentiously displays the remnants of a light meal, with a demitasse spoon, cigarette butt, dollops of pear sauce, and a fluted, paper pastry cup. The artist’s widow noted that Kuniyoshi loved pears and pear sauce. Here he played with the homonyms “pear” and “pair,” matching birds, leaves, and fruits along the border of the plate. The two pears at the top lean affectionately against each other. The ink field enclosing the composition resembles a stomach in which food is being digested.


The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, 2015

Keywords

Object - fruit - pear

Object - other - dish

Object - tool - screwdriver

drawing

ink

paper - wove paper