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Léonard Foujita

Born in 1886 - Japan

BIOGRAPHY

The Lewis Caroll of painting. This is how Jean Cocteau used to call Master Léonard Foujita Tsuguharu, referring to the naive side of some of his works. He is one of the most famous artists of the Roaring Twenties (1920-1929), both in style and by his sense of fun and his friendships with leading artists of the time, such as Picasso, Derain, Apollinaire, Modigliani, Soutine, Van Dongen, Chagall, Pascin, Zadkine and in general with all the artists who were part of the School of Paris at its beginnings.

He was a master of the brush stroke: influenced by Michelangelo, Poussin and Rodin, Tsuguharu Fujita is successful with his personal style, his shiny white backs that catch the light and the subtle contours in black ink of his subjects. Steeped in European modernity, he will retain a sober and Eastern accuracy, combining "the rigor of Japanese relating to freedom of Matisse," as he said himself. After his baptism, he will prénommer Leonardo, as a reference to Leonardo da Vinci.

Painter and printmaker, Leonard Foujita was also a draftsman, illustrator, sculptor, ceramist, photographer, filmmaker, designer fashion, designer ...

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
Léonard Foujita - Galerie Tamenaga Osaka, Osaka
Leonard Foujita - Shizuoka City Museum of Art, Shizuoka
Léonard Foujita - Galerie Tamenaga Tokyo, Tokyo
2012
Léonard Foujita Kimiyo collection - Norton Gallery, Tokyo
2011
Foujita:mon Paris, mon atelier - Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2010
Tsuguharu Fujita - Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
2006
Léonard Foujita - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Tsuguharu Foujita - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
1931
Paintings and Drawings by Tsuguhara Foujita - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL


GROUP SHOWS

2015
Kanayama Yasuki In Paris - Japanese Painters In The 1950S - Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
Momat Collection" - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Best of the Best - Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
2014
Do Valongo à Favela: imaginário e periferia - Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
2013
3(0) days in paris - Galerie Jean Brolly, Paris
Portraits - Norton Gallery, Tokyo
Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
War?art 1940-1950 - The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Hayama
Art Arch Hiroshima 2013 - Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum, Hiroshima
Momat Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Through Japanese Eyes: Paris, 1900–1945 - Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
Levy Series No. 5: The Moderns - University Avenue, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
2012
Galleria Grafica Collection No.20 - Galleria Grafica Tokyo, Tokyo
First Choice - From Private Collections V - Galerie Carzaniga, Basel
Art Expressions on Paper - Zokyudo Gallery, Kyoto
Flowerscapes - Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art, Chiba
2011
Von Renoir bis Picasso - Künstler der École de Paris - Stadtmuseum & Kunstsammlung Jena, Jena
End of Year Sale - Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
"Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection" - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Japonismus - Impressionismus - Der Einfluss Japans Auf Die Europäische Kunst Um 1900 - Galerie Barthelmess & Wischnewski, Berlin
2010
Small and Everlasting - ACA Galleries, New York City, NY
Portraits 2 - Tomio Koyama Gallery - Tokyo, Tokyo
Collection Exhibition Fourth Term - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
Art of Modern Japan - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
2009
The hidden History of Japan Red Cross Society: Kumamoto is the Birth Place - Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto - CAMK, Kumamoto
Collect With Us - Armand Bartos Fine Art, New York City, NY
What a wonderful world - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
CHERCHEZ LA FEMME - Bilder von Frauen - Galerie Barthelmess & Wischnewski, Berlin
Collection Exhibition Second Term - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
A Century of Portraiture Renoir, Modigliani, Picasso and other artists from the collection - Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2008
Galleria Grafica Collection No.16 - Galleria Grafica Tokyo, Tokyo
Inner Light - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
Modigliani y su tiempo - Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Modigliani and his Times - Fundación Caja Madrid, Madrid
VERKAUFSAUSSTELLUNG - TRADITION EXPRESSION - Galerie Barthelmess & Wischnewski, Berlin
Self/Other - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
2007
Inner Light - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
The 30th Anniversary - Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka - NMAO National Museum of Art Osaka, Osaka
Quand les peintres s'adressent aux enfants - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
The 5th Anniversary of the Pola Museum of Art Paintings in Bloom : Flower Pictures from the Collection - Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2006
Ècole de Paris: Primitivism and Nostalgia - Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe
Galleria Grafica Collection No.14 - Galleria Grafica Tokyo, Tokyo
2005
Galleria Grafica Collection No.13 - Galleria Grafica Tokyo, Tokyo
Video Installation by Bill Viola and Contemporary Works from the Museum Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Modern Art from the Museum Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
2004
The World of Children : Foujita, Picasso, and other artists from the Collection - Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
Remaking Modernism in Japan 1900-2000 - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), Tokyo
2003
"Künstlerphotographien - Berühmte Photographen portraitieren berühmte Künstler" - Galerie Pudelko, Bonn
Paris, City of Artists - Selected Works from the Collection - Pola Museum of Art, Kanagawa
2002
Paper Invitational 5 - Woodward Gallery, New York City, NY
2001
Vision - Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota Aichi
Da Renoir a Picasso. Un secolo d'Arte dal Petit Palais di Ginevra - Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin
2000
L'école de Paris, 1904-1929 - La part de l'Autre - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
Works on Paper - Simon C Dickinson Ltd, London
Visage: Painting and the Human Face in 20th-Century Art - National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), Kyoto
Visage Painting and the Human Face in 20th Century Art - NMWA The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
1998
De Foujita à Kuroda, des Japonais à Montparnasse - Musée du Montparnasse, Paris
White And Black" - Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
1973
Art Deco - Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418, Chicago, IL
1931
Exhibition of 100 contemporary French prints - Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
1920
Exhibition of Drawings by Ilya Ryepin and Watercolors by Foujita - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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