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Kenjiro Nomura
The Farm
1934
oil
38 1/4 x 46 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



Nomura emigrated from Japan to Seattle as a child. A self-taught artist, he started a sign-painting business and, in June 1933, was given a solo exhibition when the Seattle Art Museum first opened. The farm in this painting represents the dream of many immigrants who sought land in the United States. Despite his good standing in the community, Nomura and his family were removed from their home and placed in an internment camp with other Japanese Americans during World War II.