This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Fujita Tsuguharu And Innovation In Japan

1866 words - 7 pages

Fujita Tsuguharu was a pivotal character in the promotion and innovation of Japan as a country. As a diverse and popular individual in Paris, he gained fame and wealth while he developed his painterly style in the 1920s. He sought to reinvent and the “European nude” to sate the hunger of both the narcissistic European cultures and to uplift the Japanese style of painting. This was to evolve Japan’s culture and help to attain a national identity. The Second World War, however, brought about a change that attributed to a diversion in Fujita’s style in paintings. A transformation into a dark, graphic, realism was the focus, yet there was always that lingering attempt to solidify Japan’s identity. It is certainly reflective of the sacrifice of one for the benefit of the whole.
A Japanese painter, Tsuguharu was born the year 1866 in Tokyo, Japan under his birth name Fujita. In his adolescence, he familiarized himself with French oil painting techniques and applied them to Japanese stylized artworks. Tsuguharu graduated from Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music; following his graduation, Tsuguharu travelled to Paris where he furthered his familiarity with Western art and art forerunners such as, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Amedeo Modigliani (citation). Although he mostly lived in France, Tsuguharu would make periodic trips to Japan; in the closing days before World War II he returned to Japan. As if inevitably, Tsuguharu left Japan in 1949 and went back to France, settling a year later and officially becoming a French citizen in 1955. Upon becoming a French citizen and converting to the Roman Catholicism, he was christened with the name Leonard in 1966.
During Tsuguharu’s initial visit to Paris, he developed his version of the European nude through his oil painting entitled, “Reclining Nude,” 1931 (Appendix A). The painting is extremely monochromatic using mainly white and gold highlights for the woman’s hair. He uses a technique in paints much similar to that of his acquaintance Umehara Ryuzaburo. The technique Tsuguharu developed involved the mixture of Japanese mineral pigments – iwaenogu – into his own oil paints, which allowed for his distinct renditions of skin (citation). He used a thin Japanese ink brush, referred to as a mensōfude, to apply contours using Japanese ink – nihon no bokujū (citation). As a result of this technique, Tsuguharu was able to have ink based mediums combine with oil paintings rather than float on its surface, vulnerable to rub off. Fujita was able to grab attention with this painting due to his contrasting with Paris Fauvism, which oft used bright and attention grabbing colours compared to his monochromatic tones in his works. Fujita often makes references of his European nude paintings to his previous wives. For Reclining Nude, it may be assumed that the woman depicted is representative to his second wife from 1923 to 1931 because of her “snow-like” skin (citation). As he was manufacturing this painting he...

Find Another Essay On Fujita Tsuguharu and Innovation in Japan

Successes and Failures in Biotechnology Innovation

2297 words - 9 pages Successes and Failures in Biotechnology Innovation      When I first started this paper I would have to admit that I was pretty green in the field of Biotechnology, I had a brief understanding but nothing near an in depth understanding of the field. So when I first started looking for a success story, I tied my views on successful innovation in the areas that I am familiar with to the biotech field. The major theme that emerged was that

Innovation Management and Market in Global Enterprises

937 words - 4 pages Innovation Management and Marketing in Global Enterprises by Ersun and Karabulut (2013) is an article that presents varying positions of several writers on the importance of establishing innovative strategies in developing and managing new product and markets in the global business communities. The concept of innovation in this article is defined in terms of products, processes, marketing and management practices. The product of innovative

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Developing Organizations

2001 words - 8 pages inside an existing corporate setting. Small business need to be innovative as they need to prosper and survive in their chosen markets and without innovation they can go stale and not survive. Large organisations which can be termed as corporate Entrepreneurship and can be associated with companies such as IBM who require Intrapreneurs to create change within their organisation. The main difference between an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur is

Convention, Innovation And Variation In Melodrama

2614 words - 10 pages Universität Hannover Englisches Seminar Early 19th Century Melodrama Dr. H. Ilsemann SS 1998 Convention, Innovation and Variation in Melodrama Harald Mink HL Engl./Erdk. 1627314

Learning Insights in Innovation and Enterprise Module

795 words - 3 pages Name: Haris Suprihatino Bin Supani Matriculation Number: A0097870N Learning Insights At the final week of Innovation & Enterprise I EE3031 module, I finally learned the process of conceptualizing and designing a product which involves technology. Leadership, teamwork and communication should be part of education as it not only enhances interpersonal skills but real life skills. In addition, presenting to an audience was key to gaining interest

Globalization and Technological Culture in Japan

2250 words - 9 pages , urbanization, and industrialization. The driving force of borrowed technology and innovation and the redevelopment into those that possess the Japanese ‘spirit’ has persisted throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The efficiency, innovation, cost-effectiveness, and overall success of technology in Japan cannot simply be attributed to “some unchanging cultural essence,” (Low, p.134) rather there have been external changes over time which have

Aging population in China, Japan and Korea

1286 words - 5 pages China, Japan and Korea have lots of similarities; such as they start economic development and growth within a short period of time, which is 1960s of Japan, Korea in1970s and China had economic reform since 1978. They have successfully controlled their population growth which population transition from high birth rate to low birth rates in a short period of time. Population aging is one of the social issues which they are facing. This essay will

Life Expectancy in Japan and Sweden

663 words - 3 pages Japan and Sweden have rather long life expectancy rates within their countries. The life expectancy in Japan in 2013 was 84.19 and in Sweden, it was 81.28. The life expectancy in the United States was 78.62. (, 2014) Why is it so much longer in Japan and Sweden? Better health care, healthier and lifestyles are both contributors to why. Japanese people eat healthier than Americans do. Fish is the prime meat in Japan. Fish is lower

Nationalism in Mexico, Japan and India

1246 words - 5 pages history as well as by territory. Nationalism was strongly seen in Europe and Asia during and after World War II. Among the countries in those continents lie Japan, India and Mexico, which is part of the Americas.         In Japan, nationalism was used to make the country unite to invade China and expand its territories. Historians can say that unlike Mexico and India, Japan is one of the countries that used nationalism in a malicious way

Types Of Tea In China And Japan

1040 words - 5 pages Preface Today, tea has become a famous drink in the world. There are numerous types of tea in China and Japan. The main Japanese tea is Sencha, Genmaicha and so on. In China, the Green tea, Black tea, Oolong teas are very common. There can be various mixtures of flowers with green tea, black tea and oolong tea . In China, tea can be used as a gift for business and etiquette. However in Japan, tea is a kind of art. Japanese tea art is famous all

Christianity and its Reception in Japan

2686 words - 11 pages During the fifthteenth century the Western religion of Christianity began to spread across the world through the influence of European powers such as Portugal and Spain. In 1549 the tiny island nation of Japan was first exposed to Christianity in the form of Jesuit missionaries, which included the affluent Saint Francis Xavier of Spain. Japan, up to this time, had always been an isolated country and this was applied towards its traditional

Similar Essays

Innovation And Creativity In Organization Essay

4002 words - 16 pages population"Values of SAMSO:•Courtesy•Compassion•Competence•Creativity•Continuous improvement is essential to our success(Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization)The current situation in the SAMSO:At the request of the management of SAMSO, Organization and Industrial Engineering Department (O&IE) conducted an internal employee survey between August 26th 2000 and October 4th 2000, focusing on productivity, innovation

Biotechnology In Malaysia And Japan Essay

1197 words - 5 pages kits, surgical equipment, blood pressure transducers, medical gases, medical tubes and bags and orthopaedic products. Qualities of our medical product that manufactured or producing in Malaysia are been recognised by Department of Health (United Kingdom) and Bundesgesundheitsamt (Germany) and Food and Drug Administration (United States). However, Malaysia cannot produce the “high-end” equipment or medical device like others country such as Japan

Love And Sex In Japan Essay

972 words - 4 pages Author Sonya Ryang in in Chapter Two, Sovereign and Love, in her novel, Love and Sex in Modern Japan, discusses the notorious Sada sex murder in juxtaposition with the infamous Rape of Nanjing. Abe Sada, a Japanese woman, came to notoriety in Prewar Japan when she murdered her lover, Kichizo Ishida and then cut off his genitalia and carried them around her purse. Sada and Ishida had a very physical relationship that experimented with masochism

Westernization In China And Japan Essay

1475 words - 6 pages In the middle of the 19th century, despite a few similarities between the initial responses of China and Japan to the West, they later diverged; which ultimately affected and influenced the modernizing development of both countries. At first, both of the Asian nations rejected the ideas which the West had brought upon them, and therefore went through a time period of self-imposed isolation. However, the demands that were soon set by Western