Foujita, les années folles at Paris Musée Maillol

Musée Maillol returns with Foujita’s production in the roaring twenties for an exhibition running from March 7 to July 15, 2018. For this delightful exhibition, over 100 paintings and watercolor-paintings reveal Foujita’s art in the twenties, his Parisian years!

This year 2018 is about to be rich in events devoted to painter Foujita, to celebrate the year of Japan in France and the painter’s 50th anniversary of his death.

At Musée Maillol, a major exhibition is coming up, Foujita, les années folles (from March 7 to July 15, 2018) featuring 100 key works set through an exceptional visit. This beautiful and unique exhibition (because of the number of pieces by the Japanese Foujita gathered) returns on the Japanese painter’s art activity in Montparnasse from 1913 to 1931, who left his native Japan for experimenting the great modernist movements (Cubism, Dadaism, Expressionism) in Paris.

Foujita, les années folles au Musée Maillol

Arrived in Paris in 1913, the eccentric painter with an oriental style will go to Montparnasse. There, an artist introduces him to Picasso as if he was a freak, but Picasso will quickly notice Foujita's talent, and takes him under his wing.

Surrounded by the greatest artists of his time – Picasso, Modigliani, Brancusi, Zadkine and Soutine – Foujita will try many varied techniques for a few years before decided to improve his singularity, he has two origins (French and Japanese) and mixing techniques he learnt when studying fine arts in Tokyo and style from Paris School of Art.

Foujita, les années folles au Musée Maillol

In Paris, the artist brings the Japanese style that lacked French artists touched by the First World War (fine line, calligraphy, watercolor, Indian ink) and will soak Parisian life up to create paintings full of life, illustrating women, children and animals, when not depicting his own life.

Foujita, les années folles au Musée Maillol

In Parisian medias, Foujita embodies modernity and the free flow of ideas thanks to Japonism, him, the dandy Japanese man (round glasses, thin mustache framed by heavy dark bangs) who feels so good in Paris. Come along and discover Foujita’s Paris at Musée Maillol!

Elodie D.
Last updated on 6 March 2018

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Opening Time
From 7 March 2018 to 15 July 2018



    59-61 Rue de Grenelle
    75007 Paris 7

    tarif normal: 11 €
    tarif plein: 13 €

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