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This exceptional and rare plate is from Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita’s A Book of Cats. The work was published in New York by Covici Friede in 1930. This plate is printed on Japan vellum paper. Foujita truly captured the character of the cats as they posed, rested, or played.
This is a fine example of Foujita’s master work, from number 408 of 500 copies. This is “… one of the rarest and most desired books on cats in existence” (Kalda, Of Cats and Men, p 43) Each cat image has its own name and is accompanied by a poem about the respective cat by British writer Michael Joseph (1897-1958) (only a photocopy of the poem included with this purchase).
Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) was a JapaneseFrench painter and printmaker. He was called the “master of cats.” He was also referred to as “the most important Japanese artist working in the West during the 20th century.” He moved to Paris in 1913 to pursue his artistic career in earnest. He soon became friends with many other leading artists of the day including Juan Gris, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.
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