Raoul Dufy

Life Dates:
1877 – 1953
Wikipedia Summary:

Raoul Dufy (French: [ʁa.ul dy.fi]; 3 June 1877 – 23 March 1953) was a French Fauvist painter, brother of Jean Dufy. He developed a colorful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics and textiles, as well as decorative schemes for public buildings. He is noted for scenes of open-air social events. He was also a draftsman, printmaker, book illustrator, Scenic designer, a designer of furniture, and a planner of public spaces.


Fauvism is the style of les Fauves (French for "the wild beasts"), a loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism. While Fauvism as a style began around 1900 and continued beyond 1910, the movement as such lasted only a few years, 1904–1908, and had three exhibitions. The leaders of the movement were Henri Matisse and André Derain.

Artist Biography:
Raoul Dufy was a French Fauvist painter whose work is noted for colorful, decorative style. His work was popular in the design of household ceramics and textiles, and also for the interiors of public buildings. His main subjects include scenes of open-air social events, such as parties, regatta races and shows, among other typical nautical festivities. He was also a draftsman, printmaker, book illustrator, theatrical set designer, furniture designer and urban planner.