The Female Form Through The Eyes of Foujita and Sanyu

Why We Recommend it

Presenting works by Japanese–French Léonard-Tsuguharu Foujita and Chinese-French painter Sanyu, the exhibition pays homage to the artists’ pioneering exploration of the female nude in 1920s and 1930s Paris.


Foujita / Sanyu: Muses & Models, which is organised as a part of Le French May 2019, marks the first time that Foujita and Sanyu are presented together in a dedicated exhibition.

Hailing from Tokyo, Japan and Nanchong, China respectively, artists Foujita (1886 -1968) and Sanyu (1901 – 1966) both lived in Paris, France, where they immersed themselves into what, to them, was the exotic world of nude drawing.

Both artists are known for their modern, subversive works that bridged Asian and Western traditions, merging traditional techniques derived from Japanese printing and Chinese calligraphy infused with the liberal sensuality of the Années folles. 



When: 18 May 2019 - 31 May 2019 Where: Phillips Hong Kong Gallery, 14/F, St. George’s Building – 2 Ice House Street – Central