Painting: Wild Man of Wisteria

He was called the Don Juan of the Slanted Eyes. He disrobed an era of Montparnasse models and claims to have painted 3,000 nudes. He once tattooed a watch on his wrist and a ring on his finger; when wealthier, he capped the radiator of his chauffeur-driven automobile with a Rodin bronze. He arrived in France from Japan in 1913 wearing a purple morning coat and a pith helmet; eleven years later he was the most fashionable painter in Paris. Tsugouharu Foujita, now 79, is a living souvenir of the days when the School of Paris was in kindergarten.


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