Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968, Japanese-French)

Foujita with cat photoLeonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968, Japanese-French) was a painter and print-maker and a well-known lover of cats.  His works skillfully mix traditional Japanese styles with the trend of the time, European Modernism.  Born in Tokyo, Foujita studied western art at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, graduating in 1910.  Three years later he traveled to Paris where he met Picasso, Modigliani , Matisse, Fernand Léger and Jacques Cocteau, with whom he shared a love of cats.  

Jean Cocteau and Foujita with Cat Show Winner, Paris Nov. 3, 1950

Jean Cocteau and Foujita with Cat Show Winner, Paris Nov. 3, 1950

 

 

 

He was able to make a great deal of money during his lifetime through his eclectic style of painting nudes and cats.  In 1925, he was awarded the Belgian Order of Leopold.  In 1931, he traveled to South America where he was a huge success.  During WWII, Foujita lived in Japan where he helped produce war propaganda, and because of this, he was later labeled a fascist imperialist.  He left Japan after the war and returned to France where he converted to Catholicism.  At the age of 80 he designed and had built the Foujita Chapel in Reims, France, which was completed in 1966.  Foujita died of cancer in Zurich, Switzerland, and was initially buried in the Cimetière de Villiers-le-Bâcle, France, but was later moved to the burial ground of the Foujita Chapel.

 

Foujita with Cat on Desk

Foujita’s love of cats spanned his entire lifetime. The majority of his works either center on cats or include cats in the composition. He published a Book of Cats in 1930 which includes 20 etched plate drawings. This book is considered one of the top five hundred rare books ever sold.  

 

Foujita and Cat, 1928

 

When interviewed by the Milwaukee Journal in 1935, Foujita stated, “Ladies who would be alluring to men should surround themselves with cats…I never look at men, only at women—they have, each one such marvelous possibilities of beauty.  But unfortunately most of them have not developed these possibilities because they have not learned the lessons cats can teach…” The good and bad qualities of cats closely resemble the attributes of women.  “Cats never give anything away.  They are out for what they can get.  They have tigerish passions when aroused.  They have grace, beauty of movement, intriguing languor. 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…”  

 

Lucie Badoud, model and muse, Leonard Foujita

Lucie Badoud, model and muse

 

 

Black and White Cat, 1920, Foujita

Black and White Cat, 1920

 

 

Cat and Monkey, Foujita, 1947

Cat and Monkey, 1947

 

 

Cat by Tsuguharu Foujita. Etching, 1920.

Cat Etching, 1920

 

 

Cat Lying Down, Leonard Foujita

Cat Lying Down


Cat on a Letter, Foujita

Cat on a Letter

 

 

cat with kitten 1929, Foujita

Cat and Kitten, 1929

 

 

Cat with Stomach Up, 1929 Foujita

Cat with Stomach Up, 1929

 

 

 

Cat, 1926 Leonard Foujita

Cat, 1926

 

 

Cat, Tsugouharu Foujita

 

 

chat en rond by léonard tsuguharu foujita

 

 

Chatte et chaton, Foujita

 

 

Clowder of Cat, Leonard Foujita

Clowder of Cats

 

 

Couturier Cat, 1927, Leonard Foujita

Couturier Cat, 1927

 


Foujita, cat

 

 

 

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from A Book of Cats, 1930 Leonard Tsugoharu Foujita

From A Book of Cats, 1930

 

 

Fujita Tsuguharu (Leonard Foujita) A Book of Cats Sappho

A Book of Cats, Sappho

 

 

Kitten, 1929 Foujita

Kitten, 1929

 

 

Kitten, Leonard Foujita

 

 

Leonard Foujita, Black and White Cat

Black and White Cat

 

 

 

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Red Cat Sitting (Chat Roux Assis), 1930.

Red Cat Sitting (Chat Roux Assis), 1930

 

 

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita. Kitten trying to be Good.

Kitten trying to be Good

 

 

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Cat and Kitten, Chatte et Chaton

 

 

Mother and Kitten, Foujita

Mother and Kitten

 

 

Orange Tabby Cat, Leonard Tsugouharu Foujita

Orange Tabby Cat

 

 

Seated Cat, Tsugouharu Foujita

Seated Cat

 

 

Sleeping Cat, 1929 Foujita

Sleeping Cat, 1929

 

 

Sleeping Cat, Leonard Foujita, 1926

Sleeping Cat, 1926

 

 

Sleeping Kitten, Leonard Foujita

Sleeping Kitten

 

 

Tabby Kitten, Leonard Foujita

 

 

Three Cats Fighting over a Fish, 1932, Tsugouharu Foujita

Three Cats Fighting over a Fish, 1932

 

 

Three Cats, Tsugouharu Foujita

Three Cats

 

 

Tsugouharu Foujita, Cat Sketch

Cat Sketch

 

 

Tsugouharu Foujita, Cats

 

 

 

Tsugouharu Foujita, Two Kittens

 

 

 

Tsugouhoru Foujita (1886-1968), 1918, Reclining Cat, oil on canvas.

Reclining Cat, 1918

 

 

Tsuguharu Foujita, Cat 1929

Cat ,1929

 

 

Tsuguharu Foujita, Les Chats, 1930.

Les Chats, 1930

 

 

Tsuguharu Foujita, Two Cats

Two Cats

 

 

Tsuguharu Fujita

 

 

Two Cats, Foujita

 

 

Two Sleeping Kittens, Tsugouharu Foujita

Two Sleeping Kittens

 

 

White and Black Cat, Tsugouharu Leonard Foujita

 

 

White Cat, Tsugouharu Foujita

 

 

White cat on Red Background, 1926 Foujita

White cat on Red Background, 1926

 

 

Black Cat on Red Stone, Foujita

Black Cat on Red Stone

 

 

Cat with Kittens, Leonard Foujita

Cat with Kittens

 

 

Tsuguharu Foujita, Cat on Blue Background

Cat on Blue Background

 

 

Cat Sleeping on a Chair, Foujita

Cat Sleeping on a Chair

 

 

Paleroyal, 1951, Tsugouharu Foujita

Paleroyal, 1951

 

 

Vendôme, 1951, Leonard Foujita

Vendôme, 1951

 

 

Foujita, 1922, Portrait of Emily Crane Chadbourne

Portrait of Emily Crane Chadbourne, 1922

 

 

My Dream (1947) – Tsuguharu Foujita

My Dream, 1947

 

 

Nude woman and cat, Foujita

Nude Woman and Cat

 

 

Nude Woman with Cats, Foujita

 

 

Tsuguharu Foujita - Dame aux chats

Dame aux chats

 

 

Woman and Cat, 1937 Leonard Foujita

Woman and Cat, 1937

 

 

Woman Holding a Cat, Tsugouharu Foujita

Woman Holding a Cat

 

 

Youki and cat, Leonard Foujita

Youki and cat

 

 

Girl Holding a Cat, Foujita

Girl Holding a Cat

 

 

Foujita Self Portrait 1926

Self-portrait, 1926

 

 

Self portrait with cat, Foujita

 

 

Self portrait, Foujita with Cat on Back

 

 

Foujita

 

 

Photo of Foujita with Cat in Lap


 

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