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Japan: new art pieces from French-Japanese sensation Tsuguharu Foujita discovered


A Japanese museum has revealed some art pieces made by Japanese Artist Tsuguharu Foujita.

Foujita is a resourceful French artist of Japanese origin. He was a drawer, a painter, an illustrator, a printmaker, a ceramist, a photographer, a film director and fashion designer. Born in Tokyo in 1886 he started taking French language classes in primary school. He soon after, in 1910, went on studying western painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. From a very young age he was possessed with the idea of moving to Paris.

Eventually in 1913, he reached the destination of Marseilles and then moved to its beloved Paris, in the Montparnasse neighbourhood. Very soon afterwards, Ortiz de Zarate took him to Picassoís, and thatís the moment in which he experienced his first artistic blow. Foujita quickly turned out to be the luminary of the School of Paris, particularly due to his particular mixture of Japanese ink methods with western-style canvas. Foujita is mainly recognized for his interpretations of naked women and cats. He passed away in Switzerland, Zurich, in 1968.

The Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, located to the west of Tokyo, has revealed thirty-seven formerly unidentified works by the artist. Rumour has it that they have been a donation by a private Japanese collector. The museumís management was tremendously shocked to come across such works. The pieces are oil paintings on wide paper built up on fibreboard and painted between 1956 to 1958. They feature religious themes and children.

The new works will be displayed at the museum starting from September 6th.


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