Great Painter: Raoul Dufy

And to France we go. Raoul Dufy had a style of painting all his own. The French Fauvist painter captured the folly of everyday life in Paris. His paintings are painterly and illustrative, mostly done in watercolor-on-paper and thinned out oils. His work is so “sketchy”, and clearly influenced the way fashion designers illustrate. And he’s an absolute master of washed-out-yet-vibrant colorization of representational scenes. Aren’t his pieces so whimsical and down right fun? I don’t know about you, but I’m such a sucker for hanging flags, marching bands, and interior scenes with the Eiffel tower in the window.

Images via Belles Choses


About Cate

Cate is a former decorating editor of a shelter magazine based in Manhattan, who has recently moved from the Big Apple to Charlottesville with husband and baby. An interior design enthusiast, she enjoys all things aesthetic.
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2 Responses to Great Painter: Raoul Dufy

  1. niasunset says:

    They are so nice paintings, they all have a lovely actions… Thank you Cate, Iiked them, with my love, nia

  2. Ken says:

    It’s nice to see a number of Dufys together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen more than one at a time in a museum.

    I Iooked up Dufy in Jed Perl’s “New Art City” and he writes that “Both Renoir and Dufy did their greatest painting while suffering from crippling arthritis, and the pure joy of the strokes of paint that they managed amid the most urgent physical disabilities could not but be an act of resistance, the visual bliss of the painting being a rebellion against physical trouble.”

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