Black ink drawing on white wove paper, Study of a Cat, attributed* to Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968). Signed and dated, 1951. 8 x 7 3/8 inches. Excellent condition. Unframed for inspection and shipping.
Provenance: Ex-collection Colonel Norman van Meter, who may have met the artist sometime between 1930 and 1945. Colonel van Meter presumably acquired a number of souvenir drawings (all cats) from Foujita while visiting Paris in the early 1950's. Van Meter was a prominent collector (see Parke-Bernet Galleries sale, February 1954, NYC) who was a long-time friend of the former owner, now deceased. This drawing and others came directly from Colonel van Meter's collection, according to the former owner's personal papers.
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