Published by Editions Georges Guillot, Paris, 16th December 1955.
Printed by Fequet and Baudier in an edition of 175.
Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) was a painter and printmaker, born in Tokyo, Japan. Disappointed by the conservative education he received at the School of Fine Arts in Tokyo, Foujita left for the avant-garde bohemian paradise of Paris in 1913. He arrived wearing a mauve trench coat and a white British safari helmet, and immediately made a splash in the cityÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s liberated social world. He quickly became known for arriving at parties wearing a Greek toga or a loincloth, and walking the streets in a suit that he, unable to buy fabric, made from the curtains of his studio. He took the name LÃ�Â©onard in honour of Leonardo da Vinci.
Foujita soon became friends with Modigliani, Picasso, Matisse, Soutine and Gris and although associated with the School of Paris group, he created his own individual artistic style combining Japanese with French and European elements. His subject matter included Parisian cityscapes, nudes, women, cats and still-lifes with figures. In 1920 he became a permanent member of the Salon dÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½Automne and was often in the forefront of fashionable French art. At an exhibition in Buenos Aires it was rumoured that ten thousand people queued just for his autograph.
His work is held in public collections worldwide, with recent major retrospectives in Paris, New York and Tokyo.
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