Toshio Bando (1895-1972) lived and studied in Japan until 1922, when the pull of the Parisian artist life let him to Montparnasse district in the City of Lights. Bando was quickly taken under the wing of artist Tsuguharu Foujita, who had been in France for 10 years and was already part of the Parisian Salon d’Automne. Foujita introduced Bando to his art dealer Georges Chéron, who also famously represented Amedeo Modigliani. Bando was represented by Chéron until the dealer’s death in 1931. Known for being calm, studious and elegant, the artist maintained a similar artistic style for most of his life. Exposed to all aspects of modernism, Bando’s art included qualities of Fauvism and Cubism, with subtle palettes and serene imagery. Bando created a handful of color drypoints, seemingly published with “Apollo Editions Artistiques”. All of these depict animals.
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