Tsugurahu Foujita: The Japanese Master of Paris

By Béa Aaronson

Widely celebrated for the sensuous delicacy of his line, his exquisite draftsmanship, his subtle fusion of Far-Eastern and Western aesthetics, and his magic unsurpassed whites, Foujita, the Japanese master of Paris, although extremely successful in his lifetime, has alas fallen into obscurity for too many people today. I would like to invite you to hear the epic and zesty story of the Samurai painter of Paris and enlighten you with his unique artistic creations.

“Tsugurahu Foujita: The Japanese Master of Paris”
Wed, Aug 20, 4:30pm and 6:30pm
La Ostra Roja
A Casa Verde Annex
San Jorge 45 (off Refugio sur)
Colonia San Antonio
Reservations: 121-1026 or stephen.eaker@hotmail.com

Foujita was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1886, the same year Van Gogh settled in Paris to paint and live with his brother Theo. Foujita was born into the Samurai class of Japanese society. His father was a doctor and a general in the Imperial Army. At an early age, Foujita began to draw, and he developed a passion for art. As he grew older, he thirsted for France and most of all, Paris.

A promising art career was evident in Japan, but the young artist wished to travel to Paris, and in 1913 when he was 27, his father finally agreed, but for only three years. Then his son had to return. Arriving in France at last, the young, hopeful Japanese knew nobody, but on his first night in Paris, in that famous district of Montparnasse, he met Gris, Pascin, and the Italian bohemian par excellence, Modigliani.

Foujita broke from his father in 1916, refusing to leave Europe as his father had specified three years earlier. He became the darling of Montparnasse and one of the most famous artists of the School of Paris. You need to know this artist if you do not already, not only because he has succeeded to build an artistic bridge between different cultures, but for the sheer beauty of his work.

Lecture: “Tsugurahu Foujita: The Japanese Master of Paris,” Wednesday, August 20, 4:30pm and 6:30pm, La Ostra Roja, a Casa Verde Annex, San Jorge 45 (off Refugio sur), Colonia San Antonio. Reservations: 121-1026 or stephen.eaker@hotmail.com.


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