Signed in medium, bottom left: H. Sugimoto. Written on back: Self Portrait/ Painted this portrait 1931/ 1931 / (In Japanese)
Pari nite / Henry Sugimoto.
Stretched and framed. Self portrait of Henry Sugimoto. Artist has depicted himself in õ profile, at left, with a blank canvas
in front of him on an easel, at right. A potbelly stove is visible between the two in the background. Sugimoto wears a black
beret and a red jacket with collar up over a white shirt. He gazes out directly at viewer.
This image is the only self-portrait known to have been painted by Henry Sugimoto during his stay in France. Sitting before
a blank canvas, he wears a fashionable French beret. Sugimoto wore a beret throughout his life as a symbol of his identity
as an artist.