The beloved painter of the Roaring Twenties

Unknown in Paris in 1913, when he arrived from Japan, Foujita quickly became a figure of Montparnasse and met with success as early as 1921 with female nudes that became the central motif of his work...in parallel with his passion for cats, which he drew like no other. Dandy and seducer, he is with Van Dongen and Raoul Dufy, one of the painters adored by the Deauville of the Roaring Twenties that he discovers in 1925 (and will frequent the summer until 1928). He was invited there with his wife Youki: "I was invited to Deauville with Mistinguett and others to the Normandy Hotel. I was offered to stay there as long as I wanted and to be served the finest lunches and dinners. The room wasn't bad either. The reason was that my presence would gather more people on the beach. I have been maligned for being a publicity stunt; but it doesn't matter, because in my opinion, there is no good reason for it."

Foujita knew very early on how to seduce and use for his fame the film news, Pathé or Gaumont, the new great media of the time. He appeared alongside fashionable personalities: Mistinguett took him with her to the racetrack, Kiki de Montparnasse posed for him, etc. On the beach and on the boards, photographers sought him out. Very cooperative, he splits the waves with Suzy Solidor and the caricaturist Marcel Vertés. Another day, he puts on a shirt covered with playing cards while Suzy Solidor appears, wearing a fishing net weighted with small rectangles of cork.
In his memoirs Quarante ans de la vie à Deauville (Fasquelle-1952) Michel Georges Michel, famous chronicler of Deauville tells: ... "... earrings in the nose, lips reddened naturally, he walks on his hands to earn his place at the Bar du Soleil or carries Mistinguett on his shoulders to make him take his Cinzano. There is no more party without him. He is invited everywhere and he refuses. His Villa is the most beautiful, his wife too. His car is as big as Picasso's who crosses Deauville without turning around anymore than Miss Yvonne Georges when she sings."


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