Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cats in Art: Petite Fille au Chat (Little Girl with Cat) (Foujita)

From my continuing weekly Sunday series of cats in art. I'm using some ideas from the coffee table book, The Cat in Art, by Stefano Zuffi.

Thanks for bearing with me while Cats in Art was dark last Sunday.

Image credit Artnet, here.  Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, Petite Fille au Chat, 1925, oil on canvas, 14" x 9", held in a private collection....but up for auction by SBI Art Auction Co., Ltd., on 26 July 2014.

So, you could own this piece, but be prepared to pay 7,000,000 to 9,000,000 yen.

Seems that the Japanese-French artist Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita lived and worked in Paris in the interwar period.  

Zuffi tells us:

One of the modern artists renowned for his images of cats, Foujita followed in the footsteps of the great Oriental drawing tradition, which has always attributed a fundamental importance to depicting nature. With is meticulous, impeccable style, this artist drew a vast number of cats, spending long periods of time observing those he owned to study there positions they adopted and their behavior.

I love this simple image, with the striking eyes of both the girl and the kitty.  Maybe I better figure out how much 7,000,000 yen is?

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