Raoul Dufy, ‘Roses’, ca. 1920, Gilden's Art Gallery

RAOUL DUFY 1877-1953
Le Havre 1877-1953 Forcalquier (French)

Title: Roses, circa 1920's

Technique: Original Gouache over Pencil on wove paper

size: 59.5 x 51.5 cm / 23.4 x 20.3 in

Additional Information: This is an Original Gouache by Raoul Dufy.
It was painted by Dufy for a fabric design for the French silk and textile manufacturer Bianchini Férier in Lyon.
The work is inscribed in the margins by Dufy in pencil with instructions and annotations for the fabric design.
It bears the stamp in ink of RD Bianchini Férier, on the lower left corner of the image.

Note: In 1912 Dufy signed a contract with the French silk firm Bianchini-Ferier, shortly after his first forays into fabric design with clothier Paul Poiret.
After becoming art director at Bianchini-Ferier, Dufy began to fully express and realize his talent for design.
In his time with the firm, Dufy’s “eye” for color, fluid line, and ornamental decoration blossomed in his textiles and became inextricably linked to
his paintings.
It was a seminal time in Dufy’s oeuvre which inspired the artist to develop his signature technique in both his “fine” and decorative works.
This relationship was to last until 1928 and encompassed no less than 4,000 original designs, which represent undoubtedly the most influential oeuvre relative to the Applied Arts in the 20th century.

Provenance: Private Collection in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The work comes with a certificate of authenticity from Fanny Guillon-Laffaille and it will be included in the catalogue raisonne of the textiles by Raoul Dufy, which Fanny Guillon-Laffaille is currently completing.

Condition: Good condition. Layer of surface dirt throughout. Small fold in upper left corner. Tape remains on verso.

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