Raoul Dufy’s exuberant “Dimanche a Deauvilie” celebrates life and the pleasures of a leisurely afternoon. A chic French resort, Deauvilie is famous for the yachting and horse racing that Dufy (1877 – 1953) loved to paint. Dufy studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he was initially drawn to Fauvism. He later cultivated a unique style of swift, precise brushstrokes atop vibrant colors. Finding an endless richness in daily life, Dufy also created book illustrations, ceramics, fabrics, tapestry designs, stage sets and murals.
Joy, optimism and an irrepressible love of life fill Raoul Dufy’s paintings. From France, Dufy (1877 – 1953) studied at Paris’ Ecole des Beaux-Arts and was initially associated with Fauvism. He later painted regattas, horse races and other pleasurable pastimes in buoyant colors topped with rapid, calligraphic brushstrokes that suggested a sense of movement. Profoundly artistic, Dufy also created book illustrations, fabrics, ceramics, tapestries, stage sets and murals. Dufy produced a remarkable 2,000 paintings, 2,000 watercolors and almost 1,000 drawings during his lifetime.