Raoul Dufy


Raoul Dufy is a French artist (1877 – 1953). His work is exhibited in major museums around the world. In 1911, the most famous designer of his time, Paul Poiret created in partnership with Dufy the Little Factory workshop meant to produce printed fabrics designed by the artist. From 1912 to 1930, Dufy also designed silk textiles for the well-known Lyon company Bianchini-Férier.

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Raoul Dufy

To paint is to bring forth an image which is not that of the natural appearance of things, but which has the force of reality. Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy is a French artist born on June 3, 1877 in Le Havre and died in Forcalquier, Provence on March 23, 1953.

In 1900, he obtained a scholarship and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He also attended the workshop of Leon Bonnat where he joined his friend Othon Friesz. The two shared a studio in Montmartre. In 1903, he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants. In 1905, he discovered the painting of Matisse which exerted a strong influence on him. He joined the movement of Fauvism, painted with bright and pure colors that transcribe the emotions. He tried Cézanne’s cubism during his stay in Provence with Georges Braque, then developed his own pictorial language based on the dissociation of color and drawing. From 1920, Dufy structured his canvases with large flat areas of bright colors on which he added the drawing.

Raoul Dufy has had a considerable and multiple production of paintings, drawings, engravings, creation of fabrics for the famous couturier Paul Poiret, sets for Cocteau, public commissions and exhibitions throughout the world. His most famous monumental work is La fée électricité, a 624m2 painting which was for a long time the largest painting in the world and which is still exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris.

A year before his death, he won the painting prize of the 26th Venice Biennale, which crowns the whole of his work. The gaiety expressed in his works earned him the nickname “Painter of Joy”.