(Japan, France 1886 – 1968)
32.5 x 24.4 cm image
Fujita most likely made this print in Paris, where in the 1920s he enjoyed unprecedented success as a Japanese painter. He established a much-acclaimed style of painting on a white surface with black ink outlines inspired by traditional Japanese painting, as seen in this etching. While many Japanese artists spent time in Paris, Fujita was the painter most fully integrated into the Parisian art world, living there from 1913 to 1929, and then intermittently until his death. In Paris he mixed with artists such as Modigliani and Picasso, and served as a judge for the salons. His fondness of cats was well known, and they feature in many of his works.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.276.
Chiaki Ajioka, Modern Boy Modern Girl: modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, 'Lure of the City', pg. 29-54, Sydney, 1998, 32 (colour illus.), 164. cat.no. 5ii
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'A New Dichotomy', Sydney, 2003, 276 (colour illus.).
Modern Boy Modern Girl - modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jul 1998–30 Aug 1998