Emboldened by the radical approaches of his Parisian colleagues, Foujita embraced the Cubist idiom soon after his arrival to the city. The influence of Cubism, particularly Léger's famed Contraste de formes series and Picasso’s early Cubist portraits of Fernande Olivier, is evident in the faceted and multi-perspectival composition of Femme cubiste. The multiple renditions of the figure’s hands and face add a kaleidoscopic, mesmerizing effect, hinting at the influence of the energetic and dynamic compositions of the Futurists. As many of the artist of the École de Paris would, Foujita went on to develop his own unique style. His paintings in the 1920s and 30s drew on both traditions of Japanese painting and avant-garde influences to create a daring new style of expression, cementing his reputation as a leading member of the École de Paris.
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