Happy Birthday Tsugouharu Foujita!! Japanese painter, of the Samurai class, was born in 1886. He studied art at the Tokyo School of Art and was mentored by Kuroda Seiki. He traveled to and settled in Paris, where he met many artists including Diego Rivera, Picasso and Rousseau. Foujita fell into the Parisian artist circle right away and achieved financial success early on. His work varied from landscapes to portraits and nudes, watercolors and oil paintings to lithographs and etchings.