Artist biographies

Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) first took lessons (1892-95) from the painter Charles Lhullier in Le Havre with his friend Othon Friesz; from 1900 he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Dufy initially worked in an Impressionist style. From 1905 he began to employ the broad brushstrokes and bright colours of the Fauves, although he was not considered part of their movement. From 1909 he tempered his use of colour and produce more structured compositions that were influenced by Cézanne. He followed a brief flirtation with Cubism around 1909 with the development of his own individual style. Dufy produced his most characteristic works from about 1920, painting cheerful subjects with fluent brushstrokes and thin layers of paint in bright colours. He specialised in recreational scenes, such as horse racing, rowing and sailing regattas, Parades and concerts. Dufy was a versatile artist whose output also included frescoes, book illustrations and designs for carpets, ceramics and fabrics.

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