Fujita x Japan and Hirano Masakichi Museum of Fine Art

Fujita x Japan and Hirano Masakichi Museum of Fine Art
During his stay in Japan (he went back to Paris once for short time), he painted not only propagandistic war scenes, but one of the his best paintings "Chindonya", and he painted one of largest paintings in the world, "Akita-no Gyoji" ordered by patron Hirano Masakichi in Akita.

"I want to have world's No. 1 painting" "Ok. I will paint largest painting and faster"

Hirano called hiyogu-shi from Tokyo, fixed canvas in his huge ware house, ordered large amount of paints. The total cost was you could buy 100 homes then.

After World War II ended, Fujita was accused by Uchida Iwao (later became communist party member) and others for his wartime activities. He left Japan in 1949, and never returned. He always said "I don't dumped Japan, Japan dumped me".

The Hirano Masakichi Museum of Fine Art is located on the second floor of the otherwise uninteresting Prefectural Art Museum (entry is via the exterior stairway to the right of the main entrance). The Hirano museum has a valuable collection of work by Western artists, including Goya, Picasso, Rubens and Rembrandt, but it's more memorable for an enormous canvas (3.65m by 20.5m) by the artist Fujita Tsuguharu (1886–1968). The panel, entitled the Events in Akita, depicts Akita's annual festivals and takes up one wall of the museum. It was completed in an incredible fifteen days in 1937, after which the wall of Tsuguhara's studio had to be knocked down to get it out. Fujita also gave some ideas for museum designs. Opening time: Tues– Sun 10am–5/5.30pm

He was an art world superstar of the 1920s. In his prime Foujita was celebrated for his ivory-skinned nudes and portraits, created in a flat, decorative style that blended Western influences with visual traditions of his native Japan. Recent research found that ivory-skin was painted with baby powder (Siccarol from Wakodo, Japan).