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FUJITA Tsuguharu

(Japan, France 1886 – 1968)

Title
Self portrait
Other titles:
Self-portrait with cat
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Taishô period 1912 - 1926 → Japan
Year
circa 1920s
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching
Edition
78/150
Dimensions

32.5 x 24.4 cm image

Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Foujita". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1957
Accession number
9350
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.).

Exhibition history (1)

Modern Boy Modern Girl - modernity in Japanese art 1910-1935, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jul 1998–30 Aug 1998