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A French-Japanese painter and printmaker credited with being the "first
Japanese artist to free that country's art of its legendary and classic
image", Tsuguharu Foujita spent most of his career in Paris, where he
was associated with revolutionary artists including Pablo Picasso,
Georges Braque and Henri Rousseau. However, Foujita often
returned to his
native county and was there for nine years during World War II.
After that, he returned to Paris where he served as President of the
Association of Japanese Artists.
painting style was primarily expressionist, although he did some
realism as well. After his conversion to Catholicism, he did
frescoes for the
Chapel of Our Lady of Peace in Reims. He also did the decoration
at the Japanese House at Cité Universitaire in Paris.
In Tokyo, Japan, as a youth, 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 to live, and this ended what appeared to be
a career in Japan.
In 1917, he had his first exhibition in Paris, and by 1924, was
exhibiting with the Fauves at the Salon d'Automne. That same
year, he became an elected member of the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts.
Tsuguharu Foujita died in Zurich, Switzerland in 1968 at the age of 81.
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