"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Tsuguharu Foujita

藤田 嗣治

This 1934 wood engraving self-portrait of Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita belongs to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.
Tsuguharu Foujita was perhaps the most famous Japanese artist in Paris during the 1920s. Dramatic and bohemian, and a friend of the artist Amedeo Modigliani, Tsuguharu developed a hybrid painting style that incorporated figures with flat ivory white skin, dark Sumi ink outlines, and subdued colors. Tsuguharu made self-portraits during this time as well, often to advertise his artistic reputation rather than to tell us about himself.

In the early 1930s, when he had grown restless, he traveled to South America, Cuba, Mexico, and the United States. Upon returning to Japan in 1934, he created this self-portrait print, which is inscribed to the printmaker Stephen de Hospodar, whom he surely met in California. Caught between Japan and the West, Tsuguharu spent the war years supporting the Japanese cause, but after World War II, he left Japan and lived the rest of his life in France. -- NPG
The Nov 27, 2018 google doodle celebrated Foujita's 132d birthday.

See a listing of 161 of Foujita's paintings at Wikiart.

No comments:

Post a Comment