Art: Japanese Memory

G.I.s who wandered into Tokyo's barnlike Ueno Museum last week saw themselves as the Japs had once tried to see them—reeling back in defeat.

The Japs did almost as much as any government—perhaps more than the U.S.* ;to commemorate their war in oils. As early as 1938 the military began combing its files on Japan's 20,000 registered artists (most of whom specialize in still life), and chose 100 to glorify the Rising Sun. Their work, on exhibition last week, was as painstakingly photographic and heroic as modern Soviet painting. Technically it was perhaps...

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