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Image of Yasunari Kawabata

Yousuf Karsh
Canadian, born Armenia, 1908–2002

Yasunari Kawabata


Object Type: Photograph
20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print on paper
Accession Number: 2009.0009.0006

Credit Line: Gifted to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts by Mrs. Yousuf Karsh in honor of Museum Director, Mark M. Johnson
Copyright: © Estate of Yousuf Karsh

Yasunari Kawabata (1899–1972) A Japanese novelist and short story writer, Kawabata began writing for the student magazine at Tokyo University and later joined the staff of Bungei Shunju, a literary journal. In 1924 he co-founded the avant-garde journal Bungei Jidai. His writing was influenced by the bereavements he suffered in childhood–by the age of sixteen he had lost his parents, his only sister, and his grandparents. He was also influenced by traditional Japanese Buddhist literature. His best-known works in the West are Snow Country and Thousand Cranes. In 1968 Kawabata was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

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