The Golden Years of Foujita

25.07.2018

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Portrait de l’artiste, 1928, huile et gouache sur toile, Paris, Centre Pompidou - Musée national d’art moderne - Centre de création industrielle © Fondation Foujita / Adagp, Paris, 2018 - Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Jacqueline Hyde

The Musée Maillol in Paris hosted the exhibition dedicated to this Japanese dandy who was naturalised French. Foujita lit up his era, drawing on his Eastern roots to compete with the Western masters, sometimes with a grand écart and at other times with a saut de chat. His exceptional career is retraced through over one hundred major works from both public and private collections, recalling in passing his favourite topics: women, children, animals and himself (it’s the visitor’s job to rank these in order of importance).

Foujita claimed that he got up each morning driven by the desire to participate in the French-Japanese cultural dialogue. This retrospective confirms that fact: half a century after his death, this painter’s voice still rings out loud and clear.

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Femme allongée, Youki, 1923, huile sur toile, collection particulière © Fondation Foujita / Adagp, Paris, 2018 Photo : © Archives artistiques

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Chiens savants, 1922, huile sur toile, collection particulière © Fondation Foujita / Adagp, Paris, 2018 Photo : © Archives artistiques

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Petite fille au capuchon, 1929, huile sur toile, collection particulière, © Fondation Foujita / Adagp, Paris, 2017

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Combat I, 1928, huile sur toile, 299,7 x 301,6 x 4,7 cm, Maison-atelier Foujita, Conseil Départemental d’Essonne, Evry France, photographie Laurence Godart © Fondation Foujita / Adagp, Paris, 2018 © Maisonatelier Foujita. CD Essonne. Photographie Laurence Godart