Raoul Dufy, ‘Les Jetées’, 1935, Opera Gallery

Signature: Signed, dated and inscribed ‘Raoul Dufy 1935 Deauville’ (lower centre)

Maurice Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre
peint, Éditions Motte, Geneva, 1973, vol. II, ill. p. 198, no. 650

Étienne Bignou, Paris
Max Moos, Geneva
Sale: Christie’s London, 6 December 1977, lot 43
Sale: Christie’s Tokyo, 15 February 1980, lot 348
Sale: Christie’s New York, 4 November 2004, lot 252
Cyzer Gallery, London
Private collection (acquired from the above)

About Raoul Dufy

Fauvist painter, draftsman, and printmaker Raoul Dufy inspired a wide range of fine and decorative artists with his playful style and appealing subject matter. Dufy drew inspiration from Impressionists Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet and closely studied the works of Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse. He typically painted leisure scenes, seascapes (often of the French Riviera), and domestic interiors, as in Artist’s Studio in Vence, a vibrant red scene recalling Matisse’s own rendition of the same subject. After 1920, Dufy engaged more closely with the work of Cézanne and Pablo Picasso, flattening and deconstructing his compositions and creating portraits in the African-mask inflected manner typical of Picasso’s own Cubist work, as in Little Bather at Ste. Adress (1932-33). Also a commercial illustrator, Dufy’s works were included in books by writers Guillaume Apollinaire and Stéphane Mallarmé.

French, 1887-1953, Le Havre, France, based in Forcalquier, France