Raoul Dufy


Raoul Dufy


Nationality: French

Birth Place: Le Havre (Seine-Maritime, Département de la, Haute-Normandie, France)

Raoul Dufy, born at Le Havre in Normandy in 1877, is best-known for his whimsical pallets and chic, open-air social scenes. Not only was he at the forefront of the Fauvist movement, he was also an artisan of many trades, working as a printmaker, a book illustrator, a designer of furniture as well as an urban planner. He left school at age 14 to work for a coffee-importing company, and four years later enrolled in evening classes at Le Havre's Ecole d'Art, where he met fellow artists and lifelong friends, Raymond Lecourt and Othon Friesz. He went back to school in Paris after serving one year in the military and concentrated on refining his drawing skills. During his studies, he became heavily influenced by Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. Dufy exhibited his work for the first time in 1901, then again at the Salon des Independants in 1903 and 1905, where he was exposed to Henri Matisse's Luxe, Calme et Volupte, a work that inspired him to become a follower of the Fauvist movement. Over the decade that followed, Dufy was introduced to the work of Paul Cezanne, which led him to adopt a more subtle technique, and also flirted with the geometric techniques of cubism, which he finally developed into his own technique known as stenographic. He maintained his cheerful color palettes and spent the rest of his successful career depicting events of his era most relatable for the upper crest of society, including yacht parties, musical soirees and illustrious panoramas of the French Riviera.


Raoul Dufy Original Art Values Sold at Auction

RAOUL DUFY (French, 1877-1953) Langres, 1935 Oil on canvas 10-5/8 x 27-1/2 inches (26.9 x 69.9 cm) Signed and dated
RAOUL DUFY (French, 1877-1953)Langres, 1935Oil on canvas10-5/8 x 27-1/2 inches (26.9 x 69.9 cm)Signed and dated ...
Lot 70012
Auction 5197
Saturday, November 8, 2014
RAOUL DUFY (French, 1877-1953) Venise Imaginaire, circa 1948-50 Gouache on paper 10 x 23-1/4 inches (25.4 x 59.1 cm)
RAOUL DUFY (French, 1877-1953)Venise Imaginaire, circa 1948-50Gouache on paper10 x 23-1/4 inches (25.4 x 59.1 cm)...
Lot 64006
Auction 5099
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
RAOUL DUFY (French 1877-1953) Harbor Scene Watercolor on paper 11.75in.x 14in. Signed lower center with Atelier Raou
RAOUL DUFY (French 1877-1953)Harbor SceneWatercolor on paper11.75in.x 14in.Signed lower center with Atelier Raou...
Lot 30076
Auction 621
Friday, November 18, 2005
RAOUL DUFY (French, 1877-1953) La Poète Assasine Watercolor on paper 10-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm) Signe...
RAOUL DUFY (French, 1877-1953)La Poète AssasineWatercolor on paper10-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (26.7 x 21.6 cm)Signed l...
Lot 64012
Auction 5113
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953) Paddock à Ascot, circa 1935 Ink on paper laid on Japon paper 8-7/8 x 21-1/2 inches...
Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953)Paddock à Ascot, circa 1935Ink on paper laid on Japon paper8-7/8 x 21-1/2 inches (22... (Total: 2 Items)
Lot 69087
Auction 5278
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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