Bumpei Usui (1898-1994)
"Little Indian Museum" (near Woodstock)
Oil on canvas
28" x 36"
Signed and dated lower left 1929
Estate of the artist
Bumpei Usui left Japan for London in 1917 and by 1921 was settled in New York City. He exhibited during the 1920's and the 1930's at the Society of Independent Artists, the Daniel Gallery, Salons of America, Anderson Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Other participants in some of these exhibitions included Robert Henri, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O'Keefe, Man Ray, John Marin and his best friend Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Usui made his living as a master woodworker and custom framer, with frame commissions coming from the leading artists of the day. Both he and Kuniyoshi spent the summers in the famous art colony of Woodstock, and both can be considered part of the New York School of Asian American artists. Late in his career, Usui had some very well received exhibitions in Japan, where some of his paintings were placed in museum collections. Major American museums are taking notice of Bumpei Usui, with acquisitions by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and most recently in the Spring of 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Exhibition history available