Eitaro Ishigaki

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Eitaro Ishigaki
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Eitaro Ishigaki, c. 1940, from the Archives of American Art
Native name 石垣 栄太郎
Born (1893-12-01)December 1, 1893
Taiji, Wakayama, Japan
Died January 23, 1958(1958-01-23) (aged 64)
Nationality American
Known for Painting, muralist

Eitaro Ishigaki (石垣 栄太郎 Ishigaki Eitarō?, December 1, 1893 – January 23, 1958) was an American artist.[1]


He was born in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. Eitaro Ishigaki was a member of the John Reed Club and the Federal Art Project. He married Ayako Ishigaki.[2] He emigrated to America in 1909.[3]

He painted a mural at the Harlem Courthouse.[4] His painting, Man on the Horse (1932), depicted a plain-clothed Chinese guerrilla confronting the Japanese army, heavily equipped with airplanes and warships. His painting, Flight (1937), depicted two Chinese women escaping Japanese bombing, running with three children past one man lying dead on the ground.[5]

During World War II, he worked for the United States Office of War Information.[6] In 1951, Ishigaki was arrested and deported.[2] His work is held by the Art Institute of Chicago.[7]

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  1. ^ Gordon H. Chang, Mark Dean Johnson, Paul J. Karlstrom, Sharon Spain, ed. (2008). Asian American art, 1850-1970. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-5752-2. 
  2. ^ a b Japanese Artists In New York Between The World Wars
  3. ^ Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956 By Andrew Hemingway Page 62
  4. ^ The American Scene Art of the 1930s and 1940s, Harlem Courthouse Mural study
  5. ^ Race, Ethnicity and Migration in Modern Japan: Imagined and imaginary minorities Page 333
  6. ^ Michael Denning (1998). The cultural front: the laboring of American culture in the Twentieth Century. Verso. ISBN 978-1-85984-170-9. 
  7. ^ Eitaro Ishigaki | The Art Institute of Chicago

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