Archive for March 20, 2014

Artist of the moment…….Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy was born in Le Havre, France in the year 1877. Dufy is associated with the Fauvism movement. Dufy enjoyed portraying the character in settings that have many people. Dufy painted parties, horse races, and marines filled with recreational boats. Dufy enjoyed painting people at their leisure. Dufy was a painter and well established printmaker and illustrator. Dufy produced a large body of work depicting landscapes of boats and also of forests.

Fauvism painters enjoyed using bright color and minimal brushwork.

For his artistic education Dufy attended the Municipal School of Art located in his hometown of Le Havre, France. Dufy also studied with the artist Leon Bonnat in his studio.

Raoul Dufy passed away in 1953.

Dufy is part of the collections of the Chicago Institute of Arts and the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Price range information: The artist worked as a printmaker and painter working in watercolors, gouache, and oils. Etchings can be had for less than $1,000. Watercolors range from $15,000 to $75,000. Oils can bring as much as $3 million at auction.

In this clip we visit a show at the Weinstein Gallery from 2008. A great selection of paintings by Dufy:

What I enjoy most about the art of Dufy is his blend of finished and unfinished works in his artwork. A watercolor might have a well drawn boat with a thick black line, but an area close by is left unfinished, just splashes of color. The mix of realism and abstraction keeps the viewer’s mind highly interested and ¬†looking over the picture again and again.