Raoul Dufy - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Brussels
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1991

  • Exhibited

    Turin, Palazzo Bricherasio; Lodève, Musée de Lodève, Hôtel du Cardinal de Fleury, i Fauves e la critica, February 5 - September 26, 1999, no. 59, pp. 182-183, 185, 208 (illustrated, pp. 183, 185)
    Musée de Lodève, 2002-2009 (on loan)

  • Artist Biography

    Raoul Dufy

    French • 1877 - 1953

    Born in 1877 in Le Havre, Raoul Dufy produced a large body of work through the art of painting, drawing, printmaking and textile design as well as by creating woodcuts and ceramics. A leading member of the Fauvist group of artists, Dufy was heavily influenced by Paul Cézanne after encountering his work in 1907. He continued to follow the Cubist movement until 1915 when his artistic language truly developed and matured. 

    Dufy is known for his colorful series of works depicting leisure activities and landscapes. He revisited certain themes during his lifetime, including those from the French Riviera, opera, seaside, sailing regattas, horse racing and musical events. As Gertrude Stein once admirably said, "Raoul Dufy is pleasure itself." The joy and lightness conveyed throughout Dufy's work are not only due to the subject matter but the artist's distinct style and exceptional use of color. Dufy was often considered a follower of the two French eighteenth-century artists Jean-Antoine Watteau and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In 1952, Dufy went on to win the International Grand Prix for painting with his commission for the 26th Venice Biennale.

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Property from a Private French Collector


Le port du Havre

signed "Raoul Dufy" lower right
oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 24 in. (50 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1906, this work is accompanied by a photo certificate of authenticity dated May 6, 1995.

Fanny Guillon-Laffaille has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in her forthcoming second supplement to the Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings currently in preparation.

This work was been requested for inclusion in the forthcoming exhibition Dufy in Le Havre at the André Malraux Museum of Modern Art from May 18 – November 3, 2019.

$350,000 - 450,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018