Portrait of a Negro, 1926
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Honeyman Jr. (M.2004.27.2)
Oil on canvas, 26 × 20 in.
Miki Hayakawa illustrates the closeness of and fluidity between various ethnic neighborhoods in 1920s San Francisco in this portrait. Hayakawa, who had recently arrived from Japan, painted studio figures, such as this model, in the first artists’ cooperative in the country. This painting highlights her use of bright colors and simplified handling of paint strokes—a technique of early American modernism that was inspired by the work of Paul Cézanne.