DUFY Raoul

Raoul Dufy is a French artist and designer whose prints depict the upper classes in their spare time through book illustrations, drawings, etches, lithographs, fabrics and ceramics. His delicate brushstrokes and soft colours show the influence of the impressionist landscape of Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. Although he is closer to Fauvism and Henri Matisse, his late works show a boldness in colours and lines. His singular style follows several currents of modernism. Born on 3 June 1877 in Le Havre, Dufy attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris on a scholarship, where the cubist Georges Braque was also a student. In 1937, Dufy completed La Fée Électricité, a mural fresco celebrating electrical technology for the International Exhibition held the same year. His work created for the 26th Venice Biennale enabled him to win the Grand Prix International de peinture in 1952, one year before his death on 23 March 1953 in Forcalquier.