Remains of Lunch

  • Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Remains of Lunch, 1922, pen and ink, brush and ink on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, 2003.18

Exhibition Label
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
Title
Remains of Lunch
Artist
Date
1922
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
13 7/8 x 10 1/2 in. (35.2 x 26.7 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment

Mediums
Mediums Description
pen and ink, brush and ink on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – dish
  • Object – tool – screwdriver
  • Object – fruit – pear
Object Number
2003.18
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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