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Foujita: Painting in the Roaring Twenties – Guided Tour (French)

  • Foujita
    June 17, 2018 - June 18, 2018
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday June 17, 2018 at 11 am

Musée Maillol

Paris 7

Experts may know French-Japanese artist Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita as one of the most important figures to emerge during the 1910-1930s in Paris. But the rest of us probably don’t, which is why the Musée Maillol’s exhibition, “Foujita: Painting in the Roaring Twenties”, is such a revelation.

The show brings together over 100 examples of the artist’s work, which melds classical and modern, east and west. Born in Tokyo in 1886, Foujita was an adolescent when he discovered Claude Monet, inspiring what would become a lifelong love affair with France. After studying at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, Foujita moved to the Montparnasse area of Paris in 1913, where he rubbed elbows with Modigliani and Picasso. His distinctive style is nothing if not beautiful – delicate yet bold, an intersection of different cultures and approaches.

The major works displayed, originating from public and private collections, show the exceptional nature of Foujita’s period in Montparnasse – where his friends Modigliani, Zadkine, Indenbaum, Kisling, Pascin, and Van Dongen lived – during the Roaring Twenties. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s first and very productive Parisian period between 1913 and 1931.

Fifty years after Foujita’s death in 1968, the Musée Maillol is highlighting the luminous and unique work of the most oriental painter in Montparnasse. The exhibition retraces the unique life of an artist whose career developed between two cultures. His recurrent themes – women, cats, still lifes, children, and self-portraits – are characteristic of his extensive artistic production. Foujita was part of the major modernist movements but never broke away from his distinctive approach, which was consistent with his Japanese origins and the classicism of the great Western masters.


PAN has purchased a limited number of tickets at 22€. To sign up, please contact Mary Ann Rivet at and pay above.



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