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Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
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Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)

Chats et chaton

Details
Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
Chats et chaton
signed, dated and inscribed 'Foujita 1940 Paris', and signed again in Japanese (lower left)
oil on canvas
18 ¼ x 31 7/8 in. (46.4 x 81 cm.)
Painted in 1940
Provenance
Acquired circa 1973; sale, Christie's, New York, 5 May 2005, lot 293.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
S. Buisson, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, vol. II, Paris, 2001, no. 40.22, p. 367 (illustrated).
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Lot Essay

Foujita’s love for cats can be seen through the recurring motif spanning over his entire œuvre. He admired them for the beauty, intriguing personality and gracious movement, and willingly incorporated the animal’s figure into compositions with women. In an interview for the Milwaukee Journal in 1935 Foujita claimed: 'I never look at men, only at women – they have, each one such marvellous possibilities of beauty. But unfortunately, most of them have not developed these possibilities because they have not learned the lessons cats can teach (…) Cats are never in a hurry, never angular. They move softly, gently, insinuatingly. Clever women live with cats… They study the animal’s movements, habits and emotional reactions…'
In 1930 the painter published The Book of Cats, which included 20 prints of portraits of his beloved animals. Since the book was executed only in 500 signed copies, it is a rare and valuable object on the market.

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