Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a legendary French Fauvist Painter. The fauvist artists are classified as early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. Matisse’s work greatly influenced Dufy, note the creative similarities between the two artists.
Raoul Dufy was born in Normandy, France but moved to Paris after taking drawing lessons to begin Fine Art Studies. Over time, Dufy began to not only paint but work on commissioned pieces including tapestries, plates, stationary and textiles! Patterns were an expertise of Dufy! His worked can be distinguished by it’s brilliant colors and calligraphic brushwork.
Monet & Me’s founder, Dora Lee Malouf had the privilege of attending a Dufy exhibit in her hometown of Jackson, Mississippi a couple of years back. Upon seeing his work, she immediately was able to draw artistic inspiration from his work and unusual style. We hope our students will be just as excited to learn from this art icon!