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    Sale 2165

    Impressionist and Modern Day Sale

    7 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 206

    Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)

    Les deux chats

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    Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
    Les deux chats
    signed 'Foujita' (lower right); signed again and dated 'Foujita 1957' (on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    9 5/8 x 13 in. (24.4 x 33 cm.)
    Painted in 1957


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    Sylvie Buisson has confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

    The first owner of the present painting as well as lot 233 was legendary screenwriter, playwright and director Norman Krasna. Author of Sunday in New York, Dear Ruth and John Loves Mary, Krasna won an Academy Award for 1943's Princess O'Rourke but is perhaps best remembered for his 1954 screenplay, White Christmas.

    Provenance

    Norman Krasna, Los Angeles (acquired from the artist, 1959).
    By descent from the above to the present owner.