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Tsuguharu Foujita
DEUX FILLETTES À LA POUPÉE
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
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251
Tsuguharu Foujita
DEUX FILLETTES À LA POUPÉE
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 250,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Tsuguharu Foujita
1886 - 1968
DEUX FILLETTES À LA POUPÉE
Signed Foujita (lower left)
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 by 14 1/2 in.
46.2 by 38.2 cm
Painted in 1954. 
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Provenance

Private Collection, Paris (and sold: Sotheby's, London, December 5, 1990, lot 154)
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Paris, Musée de Montmartre & Tokyo, Museum of Art École de Paris, Foujita et l'école de Paris, 1991, no. 43, illustrated in the catalogue
Dinard, Palais des arts et du festival, Foujita, le maître japonais de Montparnasse, 2004, no. 134, illustrated in color in the catalogue
Valence, Centro Cultural Bancaja et Barcelone, Museu Diocesà, Foujita entre Oriente y Occidente, 2005, no. 89, illustrated in color in the catalogue (incorrectly dated 1956)
Paris, Galerie Felix Vercel, 40e anniversaire de la disparition de Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, 2007-08, no. 5, illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

Sylvie Buisson, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, vol. II, Paris, 2001, no. 54.38, illustrated p. 438

Catalogue Note

In 1930, Foujita concluded his first Paris period, returning for a second time in the 1950s. Paris at the time was already changed, and Foujita’s paintings had likewise taken on an entirely different style.

Robert Rey notes, "in Asia, every childhood is sacred... it is by instinct that Foujita transforms the children of France into fairies. Consider what becomes of Cosette from Vicor Hugo's Les Misérables, a book the artist perhaps never read... a little girl unburdened by the slightest misery" (quoted in Sylvie Buisson, Foujita et ses amis du Montparnasse, Paris, 2010, p. 134). The artist's modernity and originality reside in precisely this fusion of the formal training of his Japanese heritage, the finesse of his monochromatic lines, with the reinterpreted iconography and luminous palette of his adoptive country.

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