"40 Years After Leonard Fujita's Passing" Exhibition

Ueno Royal Museum

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Exhibiting 4 of his group-figure paintings for the first time in Japan, this exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of the passing of Tsuguharu Fujita (1886-1968), darling of the Ecole de Paris.
Two pairs of large-scale paintings entitled "Composition with Lions", "Composition with Dogs", "Battle I" and "Battle II", each measuring 3 meters long by 6 meters wide, were created in 1928. Lost soon after the exhibition of the "Composition" pair in Japan in 1929, all of these 4 masterpieces were later rediscovered in a warehouse in Paris in 1992. On view at this exhibition alongside these precious works is "Horse and Lion," a piece related to the mural of the Maison du Japon that was discovered at the same time as the four aforementioned works. This is the world's first public exhibition of this particular work.
Tsuguharu Fujita became a naturalized citizen of France and ended his checkered life as an estranged artist. Focusing on his last years, after he became baptized and assumed the name Leonard, this exhibition recreates part of his atelier, introducing a variety of documents and works that shed light on his days in Paris.
A total of 230 works - including 35 oil paintings, 90 watercolor and drawings, and 100 documents and works from his atelier - are on view, providing viewers with a valuable opportunity to retrace the life of this important figure.

Gallery Talk: 2nd & 4th Fridays 18:00-

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Schedule

From 2008-11-15 To 2009-01-18
Exhibition Hours: 10:00-18:00, Fridays until 20:00

Artist(s)

Leonard Fujita

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virag: (2008-12-27)

残念ながら、1930年代後半から40年代にかけて描かれた戦争画の展示は一切行われてない。この期間、藤田と彼の内的な「日本」との関係性において、一つの重大な転換点が形成されたように思われる。
彼の晩年の作品を見る時、それ以前の作品との作風の隔たりに若干の戸惑いを覚えるのは、戦争画の欠落ゆえに藤田のバイオグラフィーを俯瞰することが困難となってしまっているためであろうか。

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