Yasushi Tanaka was born May 13, 1886 in Saitana, Japan. In 1904 he moved
to Seattle, Washington. After graduating high school in Seattle he studied
at the Seattle Fine Art Association and exhibited and taught there from
1901to 1920. His first exhibition was at the Washington Museum in Seattle
in 1912. In Seattle, in 1914, he had his first one-man show where he
exhibited cubist and futurist-influenced works.
In 1917 Tanaka married American author Louise Gebhard Cann who published
several books and articles on French artists. Cann was also acquainted
with James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway.
In 1920 Tanaka had a farewell exhibition and moved to Paris. It is not
known whether he ever returned to Japan or the United States.
Tanaka exhibited often in Paris at the Société Nationale
des Beaux-Arts, Salon d’Automne and Salon des Tuileries. In 1922
and 1924 Tanaka had solo-exhibitions at the Galerie de Marsan for which
a fine illustrated catalogue was produced. Other exhibits include the
Galerie Bernheim, Galerie Simonson, Galerie Devambez, Galerie Carmine
and Galerie Druet. He also exhibited at the Japanese-Club in London
His work consists of landscapes, still-lifes and portraits, but he became
most well known for his nudes. French photographer Imogen Cunningham
created a platinum print portrait of Tanaka (c.1915).
The Tokyo Museum has acquired one of his paintings.
The date of his death is unknown.