NATURE MORTE AUX BANANESU
Raoul Dufy
LE HAVRE 1877 - 1953 FORCALQUIER
NATURE MORTE AUX BANANESU
1935
WATERCOLOR AND INK ON PAPER

SIGNED LOWER CENTRE: "RAOUL DUFY"
39.5 X 52.3 CM
PROVENANCE

SALE LOUVIERS, 28 JANUARY 1979


COLLECTION EDOUARD GAFFIÉ, VILLEFRANCHE


PRIVATE COLLECTION, PARIS

CERTIFICATE

CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY FRANÇOIS TAJAN, ARTCURIAL

LITERATURE

F. GUILLON-LAFFAILLEE, "RAOUL DUFY CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ DES AQUARELLES, GOUACHES ET PASTELS II", LOUIS CARRÉ & CIE, PARIS, 1982, N° 1399, P. 125


 


 

Born in Le Havre, France in 1877, the painter Raoul Dufy is considered an exponent of Fauvist painting and known for his artistic explorations of colour, structure and construction. Following his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he turned his back on Impressionism and dedicated himself to the avant-gardist painting of Fauvism. It was here that Dufy was able to realize his artistic concerns and combine immediacy with painterly conception and perspective. Splendid works thus constitute the artist’s œuvre, works in which he linked elements of draughtsmanship with two-dimensionality and revealed his skill in the handling of colours and forms.


A fine example is our work Nature morte aux bananes, in which Dufy revisits the classic genre of the still life, staging it with a hand as light as it is confident. As a result, a wonderful composition distinguished by subtle colouration and delicate linearity presents itself to us. With extraordinary facility and a rapid stroke, the artist here evokes dynamic and fluency, conveying the impression of nature and movement. The beholder thus finds himself before a composition of special quality which, with its graceful forms and colours, advances in the course of its execution to an expression of artistic freedom, but also freedom of the mind and spirit.