Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy was born on 3rd June 1877, in Le Havre, Normandy. In 1901 he first exhibited his work at the Salon des Artistes Français. The following year he graduated to the Salon des Indépendants. With paintings such as ‘The Courtyard of the Louvre’ (1902), Dufy had shed all traces of Impressionism and Symbolism and had found his own voice. In 1905 to 1906 Dufy worked in the Fauvist movement, in which colour was one of the most important factors, although design remained Dufy’s primary concern. He was intent on depicting the ‘unseen’. He also encountered other challenging movements and centres such as Cézanne’s Provence and Expressionist Germany, but being sure of his direction was never seduced by them, although he was certainly open to experimentation. Raoul Dufy died on 23rd March 1953, aged 75.

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