Fakirs

  • Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Fakirs, 1951, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation, 1986.6.93

Exhibition Label

Although labeled an enemy alien by the U.S. government during World War II, Kuniyoshi affirmed his allegiance to his adopted country by contributing propaganda posters to the war effort. But in the early 1950s, the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) and Senator Joseph McCarthy were investigating citizens they accused of communist sympathies. Kuniyoshi’s disillusionment is apparent in Fakirs. The evil-looking clown who wears a mask and pointed nose trumpets his dominance. Beside him a smaller, sad clown faces the audience/viewer; another, barely visible, peers out from behind a banner.


Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection, 2014

Title
Fakirs
Artist
Date
1951
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
50 1/4 x 32 1/4 in. (127.7 x 82.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Figure – head
  • Performing arts – circus – clown
Object Number
1986.6.93
Palette
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