Raoul Dufy, ‘Portrait de Claude Moulon en habit de Pierrot’, 1935, Opera Gallery

Signature: Signed and dedicated ‘à madame Aubert Raoul Dufy ‘ (lower center); inscribed, dated and signed ‘Portrait de Claude Moulon à 5 1/2 fait par Raoul Dufy en Juin 1935 dans l’atelier, 5 impasse Guelma Paris 18°’ (on the stretcher)

This work will be included in the forthcoming supplement of the Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre peint de Raoul Dufy being prepared by Fanny Guillon-Laffaille

Moulon collection, Paris
Private collection

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