Raoul DUFY


Raoul DUFY

Raoul Dufy was born in Le Havre, France. After graduating from the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Dufy became hugely influenced by Impressionist landscape painting from the likes of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. The discovery of the work of Henri Matisse shortly afterwards in 1905 was a revelation to Dufy and directed his interest towards Fauvism. Subsequent contact with Paul Cezanne around 1910 calmed the technique of the young artist, whose work continued to develop, and in 1920 an influence of Cubism led to the culmination of his unique approach. 

Living respectively in Venice, Sicily and Morocco, Dufy designed the now famous ‘Electricity Fairy’ in 1937 for the Paris International Exhibition. His love for traveling would take him to New York in 1950. In 1952, he received the grand prize for painting in the 26th Venice Biennale. After his death in 1953, he was buried near Henri Matisse in the Cimiez Monastery Cemetery in Cimiez, a suburb of the city of Nice. Raoul Dufy exhibitions have been extensive, with his works shown in major museums internationally. His paintings can be found in many of the world’s major private and public collections.


Raoul Dufy, Nature Morte au Panier de Poires, circa 1914
Raoul Dufy, Paysage de Langres, 1933
Raoul Dufy, Dépiquages, 1948