Women Painting War
A remarkable painting was created toward the end of World War II: a 3-meter-wide canvas covered with images of working women. The painting was the work of an all-female team of painters formed in 1944: the Women Artists Service Corps. The painting shows women on the home front as shipbuilders, postal workers, tram drivers—roles traditionally performed by men. The vibrant colors of the piece are in direct contrast to the somber war paintings made by male artists. The burden on men during the war gave women a chance to take on new roles outside of the home. To the prominent female artists involved, it was a perfect chance to showcase their skill. What did the war mean to these women? Photographer Oishi Yoshino zooms in on these artists, delving into a largely untold story of women painting war. (Narrator: Hannah Grace)
"Working Women of the Empire, Greater East Asia War: Fall & Winter," Women Artists Service Corps, Yushukan Museum Collection, Yasukuni Shrine
Oishi Yoshino speaks with Kira Tomoko, who has spent many years researching "Working Women of the Empire, Greater East Asia War"
Photographer Oishi Yoshino speaks with the granddaughter of the late Takagi Shizuko, who was a member of the Women Artists Service Corps