"The reason I enjoy so much being a friend of cats is because they have two personalities: a wild and another domestic. That's what makes them interesting," he says Lonard Tsuguharu Foujita, the Japanese painter that Google homage in the doodle da da. Is that the artist, known as "lover of cats", Will be fulfilled 132 years this Tuesday, November 27.
Tsuguharu Foujita was born as do today in 1886 in Tokyo; He was the son of a general of the Japanese army, although he did not take the weapons, but he fulfilled the dream he had since he was a child and became a painter in Europe. In 1910, at age 24, he graduated from the National University of Tokyo in art and music, and after three years he moved to France, where he met the great personalities of the art of that time, such as Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
The artist had his first studio in number 5 of rue Delambre in Montparnasse, being the envy of his companions when, after selling his works exhibited at Galera Chern in 1917, a collection of watercolors painted with a thin brush in a distinctive style which combines eastern and western influences and ends with a silver wash, as Google explains: he was able to install a bath with hot water.
However, even more in this detail, his gifts in this French city could be documented thanks to several of his works, among which are the drawing of the Rotonde or the Caf de la Rotonde and the series the Tableaux de Paris. His pictorial quality was worthy of being awarded with several international awards and prominent commissions, although the mote of cat lover was after he published the "Book of Cats", in 1930, which consists of 20 drawings on plate engraved with illustrations of popular cats that have been published.
It is worth mentioning that Tsuguharu Foujita has an Argentine floor at the age of 20, after traveling and painting throughout Latin America. According to the media of that time, the artist exhibited in Buenos Aires, where more than 60,000 people appreciated their most famous works and about 10,000 Argentines patiently waited for the painter's signature.
After his death, which occurred on January 28, 1968 in Zrich, Switzerland, his estate gave birth in 2011 to the Foujita Foundation. "The immense diversity of his work expresses a unique aesthetic fusion, which combines the sobriety and the admirable precision of the Japanese designers with the elegance of the French school. Humoured and seductive, it was a graceful and enigmatic character, projecting the image of a dandy whimsical, "explains Carole Boivineau, head of the entity.
To conclude, it is worth remembering the artist's own words, who emphasized: "Only the power of art can transcend racial boundaries and barriers to penetrate the heart of man", in response to art critics, sentencing: "Work All the days of my life, although people tend to say: 'But it's just a painting!' ".