20 March 2010

Felines and Females: The Art of Leonard Tsuguoharu Foujita












Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886 – 1968) was a Tokyo born artist who moved to France in his youth and combined Japanese and French styles of art. The painter and engraver was eccentric and successful; wearing an ancient Egyptian hairstyle, Grecian tunics, earrings and an occasional lampshade as a hat. Living in the Bohemian LaRive Gauche during the early twentieth century he became friends with other artists, Henri Matisse, Juan Gris, Amedeo Modigliani and PabloPicasso. Foujita also took dancing lessons from modern dancer IsadoraDuncan. His apartment and studio had the rare bathtub with running hot water where he hosted many models including Man Ray’s lover Kiki de Montparnasse who he depicted in Reclining Nude with Toile de Jouy. As much as Foujita loved women he adored cats; both subjects lookback at us with the same alluring “oriental” shaped eyes.

10 comments:

  1. Delicious! I've always liked Foujita, but I must say, in passing. You've brought into focus that he's my kind of artist. And cats, you know, are what we lowly humans should aspire to...

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  2. Yes Foujita was forgotten for a long time but between his art, personality and love of cats he is very memorable.

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  3. The Japanese/French fusion is just amazing, thanks for posting!

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  4. Patty, yes I love how Foujita was able to combine elements of his culture while taking on aspects of another. Kendra

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  5. One of my favourite artists.
    So glad to have found your blog.

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  6. HOBAC~ Thank you for putting me on your places of interest; I've always enjoyed your blog. Kendra

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  7. I came across Foujita while learning about his friend and model, Jeanne Modigliani, but was too distracted by her to focus on him. But now, now...thank you Kendra!

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  8. Leigh~ He is quite the fascinating character who was very successful during his long life but fell out of favor until the last decade. Best, Kendra

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  9. Kendra, this is one of many of your posts I've just been reading. I can't put you down! Your erudite and concise lessons on art history
    are a real joy. Thank you.

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  10. Thank you Rosie, you have made my day! Best regards, Kendra

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