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DUFY

Raoul Dufy
(1877-1953)

Text from "ART20, The Thames and Hudson Multimedia Dictionary of Modern Art"

"Raoul Dufy - French painter. He and Friesz were schoolfriends and together studied the works of Boudin in the museum in Le Havre. In 1900, Dufy received a local grant enabling him to attend the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he joined Bonnat's studio, and in 1902 he was introduced to Berthe Weill, who showed his work in her gallery.Matisse's Luxe, Calme et Volupté, which Dufy saw at the Salon des Indépendants in 1905, was a revelation to the young artist and directed his interest towards Fauvism. With Friesz at Falaise, Marquet at Sainte-Adresse, and Braque at l'Estaque, he expressed his fondness for pure colour and the charm of beach scenes. It was only after the war that he found his own personal style, producing rapid but precise drawings of frequently plunging perspectives, to which clear colours are applied with a kind of casual freedom. His favourite subjects are regattas, casinos and palm trees, race courses and orchestras, but his representations of the southern towns of Avila and Caltagirone are imbued with equal charm. Alongside his career as a painter, he also worked as an illustrator (Apollinaire's Bestiaire), fabric designer (for Paul Poiret) and decorator (the Fée Électricité for the Palais de la Lumière at the Exposition Universelle in 1937). The 'granddaddy of modern chic', as he was called in Time during his visit to the United States in 1950-51, left one of the most joyful œuvres of his era."