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    Jean Dufy (French, 1888-1964)
    Les Invalides, le Grand Palais et le Petit Palais, circa 1955-57
    Oil on canvas
    18 x 22 inches (45.7 x 55.9 cm)
    Signed lower left: Jean Dufy

    The artist;
    Wally Findlay Galleries, Chicago, Illinois, 1958;
    Wally Findlay Galleries, New York, 1964;
    George W. Malone, New York, acquired from the above, April 29, 1968;
    Wally Findlay Galleries, Beverly Hills, California, 1972;
    Gloria Gartz, Laguna Niguel, California, acquired from the above, January 4, 1973;
    Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California;
    Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco and Los Angeles, April 22, 1998, lot 6047 (as The Grand Palais with a view of the Invalides);
    Private collection, West Vieux-Montreal, Quebec City, Canada.

    J. Bailly, Jean Dufy, Catalogue raisonne de l'oeuvre, Paris: vol. I, 2002, p. 188, no. B.240, illustrated.

    This quintessentially Parisian view from below the Champs-Élysées, looking south along what is today the Avenue Winston Churchill, flanked by the soaring palaces of monarchies past, and across the Pont Alexandre III to Les Invalides is one that Jean Dufy knew intimately.

    The Grand Palais, seen to the right, hosted annually both the Salon des Indépendents, regularly featuring those in Dufy's artistic circle, and the esteemed Salon d'Automne, where his own work was exhibited in 1923, 1924, 1927, and 1932.

    Though artistically inclined from an early age, Dufy was unable to fully embrace his calling until he moved to Paris in 1920, following his service in the Great War. Living in Montmartre with Georges Braque as a neighbor, he was heavily influenced by his brother, Raoul Dufy, whose remarkable social circle included the likes of Marquet, Picasso, Derain, and Friesz, who encouraged Dufy to engage with the pre-war Fauve movement from which he had been separated by the onset of the war.

    A modern master in his own right, Dufy utilized his remarkable skill as a colorist to manipulate light to uniquely capture the heartbeat of Paris. His inclination towards 'musical' compositions and his preference for rendering his city in shades of blue injected a certain levity into his work. The addition of staccato strokes and punctuations of bold contrast come together to produce a work that is at once both striking and soothing.

    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas. Finely patterned craquelure throughout. A few scattered areas of slightly more pronounced stable cracking. Some yellowing to the varnish layer, particularly to scattered areas where varnish is thicker.
    Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. Some pigments, particularly the orange, yellow, and dark brown tones, fluoresce. No apparent retouching.
    Framed Dimensions 27.25 X 31.25 X 3.75 Inches
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2021
    3rd Friday
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