Foujita: Explorations in Color

Pola Museum of Art

poster for Foujita: Explorations in Color
[Image: Léonard Foujita, Madeleine in Mexico, 1934, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto © Fondation Foujita / ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2021 B0520]

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Léonard Foujita (Fujita Tsuguharu, 1886-1968) traveled to France in 1913 at the age of 26 with the intention of becoming a world-class painter. He sought inspiration in the scenery and people, history and customs of a foreign land. Painting French models in the 1920s, he established his signature ‘milky white skin’ painting and became the darling of the Paris art scene at the time. Traveling later, he would develop new motifs and compositions marked by a rich color palette.

After a brief return to Japan in 1929, Foujita sojourned in South, Central, and North America before again crossing the Pacific Ocean to come back once to Japan where he traveled the length of the country from Tohoku to Okinawa. He then spent time in China and Southeast Asia. In 1949, he moved to New York. The world of his travels was his studio.

This exhibition focuses on Foujita’s travel and use of color, and the development of his painting as his life journey.



from April 17, 2021 to September 05, 2021
Open throughout the period.


Adults ¥1800, Seniors 65 & Over ¥1600, University and High School Students ¥1300, Junior High School Students and Under free, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion ¥1000.

Venue Hours

From 9:00 To 17:00


Address: 1285 Kozukayama Sengokuhara, Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa 250-0631
Phone: 0460-84-2111 Fax: 0460-84-3108

From the East exit of Hakone-Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan bus for 40 minutes and get off at Pola Museum of Art. From the East exit of JR Odawara Station, take the Hakone Tozan bus for 1 hour and get off at Pola Museum of Art.

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