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Hideo Sakata, Untitled (Memory of Nagasaki August 9, 1945)

Hideo Sakata, Untitled (Memory of Nagasaki August 9, 1945)

Hideo Sakata
born 1935 Nagasaki, Japan; lives Los Angeles, California
Untitled (Memory of Nagasaki August 9, 1945)
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in.
lent by a private collector
photo by David Nufer

Hideo Sakata was a nine year old boy when Fat Man exploded over Nagasaki killing his father and sister. Sakata's painting alludes to the destruction of multistory structures at the center of the city, with the red and orange glow from the detonation visible in the background. This fragmented view of Sakata’s memory shows the impact of the devastating event that continues to affect many individuals.