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

    Hamburg, Kunstverein; Essen, Museum Folkwang, Raoul Dufy, December 16, 1967 - April 14, 1968, no. 37, pl. 45, n.p. (illustrated, titled Botanischer Garten (München?))
    Bièvres, Moulin de Vauboyen, Raoul Dufy, November 1968 - January 1969, no. 24
    Bordeaux, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Raoul Dufy, May 2 - September 1, 1970, no. 44 (titled Munich: Le jardin des plantes)
    Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée de l'Imprimerie; Barcelona, Museu Picasso, Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària, Raoul Dufy, January 28 - July 11, 1999, p. 123 (illustrated)
    Musée de Lodève, 2002-2009 (on loan)
    Nice, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, Raoul Dufy, Un Autre Regard, July 4 - September 28, 2003, pp. 72, 194, (illustrated, p.72)
    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Brest, June 20 - November 1, 2009 (on loan)

  • Literature

    Maurice Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue Raisonne de l'oeuvre peint, vol. 1, Geneva, 1972, no. 263, pp. 223 (illustrated)

  • 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 jardin des plantes

signed "Raoul Dufy" lower right
oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 21 5/8 in. (46 x 55 cm.)
Painted in 1909, 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.

$180,000 - 250,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 14 November 2018