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

    The Estate of Berthe Reysz, France
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Musée de Lodève, 2002-2009 (on loan)
    Tokyo, Musée Municipal des Beaux-Arts de Mitaka; Tochigi, Musée Municipal des Beaux-Arts d’Ashikaga; Musée EKi Kyoto; Musée Municipal des Beaux-Arts d’Oita, Raoul Dufy, April 18 – December 13, 2009, no. 53, p. 53, 114 (illustrated, p. 53)
    Sète, Musée Paul Valéry, Dufy en Méditerrané, June 18 - October 31, 2010, no. 54, pp. 158-159, 206 (illustrated, pp. 159, 206)

  • 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


Arlequin à Venise

signed and dedicated "à ma petite fille Raoul Dufy" lower center
watercolour and gouache on paper
17 1/8 x 13 7/8 in. (43.5 x 35.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1952, this work is accompanied by a photo certificate of authenticity dated January 29, 1997.

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

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $62,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018