International Art

September 1924, 2020
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LOT 549

Lot 549

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)

Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)
Lot 549 Details
Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), Japanese/French


Graphite and India ink wash on bistre tinted paper; signed ‘Foujita’, also signed in Japanese script and dated 1927 lower left, signed and inscribed: “Foujita / Paris” in ink to a piece of the cardboard backing affixed to the verso backboard
Sheet 22.8 x 32.5 in — 57.9 x 82.6 cm

Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Realised: $21,600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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

Private Collection, Toronto


Sylvie and Dominique Buisson, "Léonard-Tsuguharu Foujita, Volume 2". Paris: Art Creation Realisation, 2001, reproduced page 245., Cat. No. 27.118


Foujita’s first studio at no. 5 rue Delambre in Montparnasse became the envy of everyone when he eventually made enough money to install a bathtub with hot running water. Many models came over to Foujita's place to enjoy this luxury, among them Man Ray's liberated and much-celebrated Kiki de Montparnasse, the subject of this lot and many of Foujita's drawings and paintings throughout the 1920's. She posed for Foujita in the nude in the outdoor courtyard and in another portrait of Kiki titled "Reclining Nude with Toile de Jouy," shows her lying naked against an ivory-white background.


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LOT 549

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