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Tsuguharu Foujita
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    (November 27, 1886-January 29, 1968)
    Born in Tokyo, Japan
    Spent much of his career in France (1913-31,1950-68)
    Became a French citizen (1955)
    Applied Japanese ink techniques to Western-style paintings
    Known for his paintings of cats and beautiful women
    Designed and decorated the Foujita Chapel in Reims, France (1965-66)
    He was married four times, divorced three times.
    Many models decided to pose for him less out of admiration for his art than for access to a bathtub with hot water. (He was the only artist in Montparnasse who could afford such a luxury.)
    He had a tattoo of a watch on his wrist.
    Occasionally, instead of a hat, he wore a lampshade and said it was his national headdress.
    During World War II, he produced propaganda for the Japanese government.
    He took dance lessons from Isadora Duncan and was good enough to consider a career in dancing instead of art.
    He courted his second wife, painter Fernande Barrey, by making her a blouse overnight.
    He was the first artist from the Paris School to be a success, outselling Picasso into the 1920s.
    During a trip through Latin America, over 10,000 people lined up for his autograph in Buenos Aires (1931).
    He received the French Legion of Honor (1957).

Credit: C. Fishel

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