Yasushi Tanaka letters to Frederic C. Torrey, 1913-1924

Tanaka, Yasushi, b. 1886 d. 1941
Painter, Art teacher
Active in Paris, France

Collection size: 35 items (partially microfilmed on 1 reel)

Collection Summary: Letters from Tanaka to Torrey concern the contemporary art world, his paintings, exhibitions, and fellow artists both in Seattle and Paris, notably muralist John Davidson Butler. Tanaka writes of his marriage to Louise Gebhard Cann, his struggle with the Occidental ideals in Seattle art circles, concern for his mother and brothers in Tokyo, his emigration to Paris and its state after World War I, and the success of his one-man show at the Galerie de Marsan 1924, of which he writes "...I succeeded at last in ... verifying my fame as one of the ablest contemporary painters here in Paris...". Also included are a few letters from Cann to Torrey, 3 exhibition catalogs (1914-1921), and 3 clippings (1915-1921).

Biographical/Historical Note: Tanaka was a painter and art instructor, born in Saitana, Japan, May 13, 1886. In 1904 he emigrated to Seattle, Wash., settling permanently in Paris in 1920. Torrey was an art dealer with the San Fransisco gallery Vickery, Atkins & Torrey. Tanaka's wife, writer Louise Gebhard Cann, was the author of several articles and books on French artists.

Donated 1992 by Gryffyd Partridge. The letters were received in the papers of his father, Seattle artist Roi Partridge; it is unclear how Partridge received them.

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