Nu aux bras levés

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Paul Pétridès, Paris
    Private Collection, Japan (acquired from the above between the late 1980s and early 1990s)
    Christie's, London, 28 June 2017, Lot 228
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Literature

    Sylvie and Dominique Buisson, Léonard-Tsuguharu Foujita: Volume 1, Paris, 1987, no. 26.24, p. 383 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the early twentieth century, bohemian culture flourished on the banks of the River Seine in Paris, drawing numerous artists from all over the world to congregate, forming a creative ethos which incubated the École de Paris and among these rich cultures and artistic inspirations saw the rise of Léonard-Tsuguharu Foujita. Arriving in Paris in 1913, Foujita became active in its art scene, fully absorbed into the swirling atmosphere of the Parisian Années Folles which saw his creative desire freed from some of the perceived constraints of Japanese artistic formality. His sensational breakthrough came in the form of his depiction of the nude, a traditional canon of Western art history yet having the delicacy of traditional Japanese aesthetics retained. His portraits of the female nude are in the permanent collection of numerous art museums and institutions around the world including Reclining Nude with Toile de Jouy at the National Museum of Modern Art, Paris and Reclining Nude with a Cat in the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama.

    Foujita’s exceptional synthesis and balance in the treatment of the subject is demonstrated beautifully in Nu aux bras léves. Employing pure colours to bring out the female figure’s striking features and creating smooth lines in a concise manner to construct her body figure, Foujita showcases his renowned technique of rendering the skin in a fine, ivory-like texture. The enchanting gaze and sensual poise of the female nude, complimented by the folds of the bed sheet, suggest a hint of erotica and lustful sentiment. Nu aux bras léves is a mesmerising version of the modern female nude, demonstrating Foujita’s brilliant draughtsmanship in weaving traditional Japanese aesthetics with a mastery of classical Western painting techniques within the composition and thus attracting the viewers into boundless imagination.

  • Catalogue Essay

    二十世紀初期,波西米亞文化在巴黎塞納河畔興起,吸引了來自世界各地的藝術家,聚集在一起,形成一個創意的集中地,孕育出巴黎畫派,滿是豐富多元的文化和藝術靈感,藤田嗣治亦在當中展露頭角。他於1913年抵達巴黎,隨即便活躍於藝術界,沉浸在巴黎「瘋狂年代」的炫目氛圍中,令他的創意慾望從日本藝術既有的形式規限中釋放出來。藤田嗣治的感知突破,體現於他對裸體的描繪,他為這個西方藝術史固有題材加入了日本傳統美學的細膩柔美。其筆下的裸女畫作現為世界各地美術博物館和機構的永久收藏,包括巴黎國立現代藝術博物館的《側臥裸女與法式印花布》和埼玉市現代藝術博物館的《側臥裸女與貓》。


    藤田嗣治對所畫對象的精湛綜合力與平衡在此幅《舉臂裸女》中展現無遺。以純粹的顏色和光滑精煉的線條呈現出女體的動人特徵,是藝術家筆下最具代表性地;細膩象牙白質感的肌膚。畫中女子目光迷人,姿態性感,加上床單的皺褶,隱約有一絲情色意味。《舉臂裸女》是裸女題材在現代的感性演繹,見證藤田嗣治在畫面融匯日本傳統美學與西方古典繪畫技巧的高超造詣,給予觀者無窮的想像空間。

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Nu aux bras levés

1926
signed and dated 'Tsuguharu [in Kanji] Foujita 1926' lower left
pencil, watercolour and coloured crayons on tracing paper laid down on canvas
56.3 x 38.2 cm. (22 1/8 x 15 in.)
Executed in 1926, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Sylvie Buisson.

Estimate
HK$600,000 - 800,000 
€68,500-91,400
$76,900-103,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019