1886 – 1968
A French-Japanese painter and printmaker credited with being the first Japanese artist to embrace modern Western movements in art, while incorporating many aesthetic qualities of traditional Japanese art. In Tokyo, Japan, at a young age, he studied at the Imperial School of Fine Art, and received much recognition, including the purchase of one of his paintings by the Japanese Emperor. In 1912, he went to London, and the next year to Paris, where he settled to live. In 1917, he had his first exhibition in Paris. By 1914, he was exhibiting with the Fauves at the Salon d’Automne. That same year, he became an elected member of the Tokyo Academy Fine Arts.
Foujita spent most of his career in Paris, where he was associated with revolutionary artists including Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Henri Rousseau. He often returned to Japan and was there for nine years during World War II. Following the war, he returned to Paris where he served as President of the Association of Japanese Artists. His painting style was primarily expressionist. After his conversion to Catholicism, he executed frescoes for the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace in Reims. He also created the decoration at the Japanese House at Cite Universitaire in Paris.
Foujita died in Zurich, Switzerland in 1968 at the age of 81.
Le Mesangre (Deux Femmes)
Dimensions: 14.4 x 11 in
Medium: Color lightograph on vellum