Kumamoto shows Foujita painting of UNESCO Fuji site

Kyodo

A museum in the city of Kumamoto opened an exhibition Tuesday showcasing nearly 120 works by Leonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968), including two oil paintings discovered last year.

One of the two, measuring 23 cm by 32.5 cm, depicts the Miho-no-Matsubara pine grove that was recently registered by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage site associated with Mount Fuji.

Along with Foujita’s signature, the piece has the words “45th year of Meiji,” indicating the work was produced in 1912.

The Japanese artist, who was active in Paris in the 1920s, painted the two oil pieces before traveling to France. They were found at a private Japanese home by a French-Japanese research team.

The exhibition at Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art will run through Aug. 25.