Oil and gold leaf on canvas
41 x 33 cm / 16,1 x 12,9 in
Signed lower left: Foujita
Certificate of authenticity issued by Mrs Sylvie Buisson on July 19th 2017.
Romanet Gallery, Exhibition Foujita, 1953, Barcelona.
Sylvie Buisson, Léonard-Tsuguharu Foujita, Catalogue Raisonné, ACR Edition, photo in color during the exhibition of the artist at the Pinacoteca, Barcelona, 1953, p.121.
This work will be reproduced under the n°D57.167.H in the Volume IV of the Catalogue Général des Oeuvres de Foujita being prepared by Sylvie Buisson and is recorded in the Archives artistiques of the artist.
Tokyo 1886 - 1968 Zurich
Born in Japan in 1886, Foujita was raised during the Meiji era, a time of opening for the country and notably to Western cultures.
He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Tokyo till 1910. In 1913 he moved to Paris where he quickly became one the most famous artists of the Années Folles (1920-1929), both by his style and by his sense of celebration and friendships with the most important artists at the time such as Picasso, Derain, Apollinaire, Modigliani, Soutine, Van Dongen, Chagall, Pascin, Zadkine and in general every artists of the first hours of the Ecole de Paris.
Influenced by Michel-Ange, Poussin and Rodin, Foujita enjoyed success with a personal style, his milky background that catch the light and the subtle contours in Chinese ink of his subjects. Imbued with the European modernity, he would keep an Oriental accuracy and simplicity, mixing 'the rigor of the Japanese line with the freedom of Matisse' as he said himself.
After his baptism, he would be named Léonard referring to Léonard de Vinci.
Painter and engraver, Foujita was also a draughtsman, an illustrator, a sculptor, a ceramist, a photographer, a filmmaker, a fashion designer and a designer.