Friday, December 3, 2010

Raoul Dufy

Tellingly, Raoul Dufy's most grandiose work was an homage to electricity created for the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris.  To electricity. 
Dufy's paintings are endearingly ebullient.  I suppose endearingly so for those who wish to see the world and all its polo ponies and Monte Carlo yachts through rose-coloured glasses, which I generally do (and as Dufy himself explicitly did).

What a feast!  As Gertrude Stein wrote: ‘Raoul Dufy est plaisir’.

Dufy also did these incredible fashion illustrations for the Gazette du Bon Ton and Paul Poiret.

Oh to be a man of leisure in Paris of the mid-thirties hobnobbing with Gertrude Stein and wearing white under the trees in July...


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