Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget
[Image: Henri Rousseau "Charenton-le-Pont" (1905-1910) Pola Museum of Art]
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The Pola Museum of Art is pleased to present the exhibition Artists on the Edges of Paris: Le Douanier Rousseau, Foujita, and Atget.
Paris was once a fortified city, surrounded by walls and embankments. The city expanded at the beginning of the twentieth century, with immigrants and the poor settling on its periphery. Artist Henri Rousseau (1844 - 1910), nicknamed “Le Douanier” (the customs officer), was fascinated by the landscape on the outskirts of Paris. Léonard Foujita (Fujita Tsuguharu, 1886 - 1968), who crossed national borders to arrive in Paris in 1913, was also attracted by the city. The beginning of the twentieth century was a time when city peripheries became object of attention, and the edges of Paris certainly fostered such interest at this time. Along with the artists of the period, pioneer photographer Eugène Atget (1857- 1927), called “the Douanier Rousseau of photography,” recorded the transformation of Paris. This exhibition introduces paintings and photographs from the collection of the Pola Museum of Art and from other Japanese collections to highlight the artist gaze on the edges of the city of Paris.