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Foujita: A new setting for the Maison-Atelier

   © Fondation Foujita / ADAGP

Date of donation to the Essonne Department: 1991
Classified Monument Historique
Labelled Maison des Illustres
Location of the Maison-Atelier: Villiers-le-Bâcle (northwest of the Essonne)

This Maison-Atelier reveals the intimate world of the "master of lines" Tsuguharu-Léonard Foujita (1886-1968), a leading Franco-Japanese artist in the 1920s. He was one of the most famous artists of the School of Paris, and was renowned for his style, his love of festivities and his friendship with Picasso, Modigliani, Soutine and Chagall. He embodied the image of the dandy of the 'Roaring Twenties', of the perfectionist painter, the photographer open to the world and the respectful illustrator of texts. He created a singular universe, bridging East and West.

On one of his regular visits to in an old mill in Bièvres that had been transformed into an art centre by the publisher Pierre de Tartas, Foujita discovered a small rural house in ruins at Villiers-le-Bâcle. It was love at first sight.

In 1961 he moved into this little 18th century dwelling, which he redesigned down to the smallest detail, displaying his fascination with craftsmanship, design and modernity. He transformed it into both a home and an artist's studio. This was to be his last residence. In 1991, Kimiyo Foujita, his widow, donated the house to the Department of Essonne. The soul of the artist still seems to permeate his former home.

Broadening the horizons in 2018

This Maison-Atelier is an original contribution to the cultural offer of the Saclay plateau. Visitor numbers are increasing and its tourism potential is remarkable.

In 2018, which will be the 50th anniversary of Foujita's death, the Essonne Department wishes to increase the popularity of the site by endowing it with a state of the art reception area for the public.

© Fondation Foujita / ADAGP

The works planned for the end of 2018 represent an investment expenditure of 3 million euros.

Consult us for details of the restoration projects.

For more information,
Fanny Malvezin
Cabinet du Président
Département de l'Essonne
Email: mecenat(at)cd-essonne.fr 
Tel. +33 1 77 58 12 60