You may be most familiar with the work of Raoul Dufy through his giant fresco ‘The Electricity Fairy’, which can be seen at the Modern Art Museum in Paris, but there is more to this inventive artist than meets the eye. His prolific career hopscotched from Normandy to Provence, via Paris, and spanned various art movements. When a young Dufy happened upon Henri Matisse’s work ‘Luxe, Calme et Volupté’ at the Salon des Indépendants in 1905, it led him towards Fauvism, those ‘wild’ artists who emphasised bright colour and bold contours. Dufy dwelled in this aesthetic until about 1909, when he came across the work of Paul Cézanne, after which he started to favour a subtler technique.
In collaboration with the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Hôtel de Caumont-Centre d’art d’Aix-en-Provence presents an exhibition devoted to the work of Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) featuring around 100 works, including paintings, drawings, watercolours and ceramics from the MAM Paris collection, but also from several public and private collections. The curators of this exhibition explore all the artist’s various periods, with particular emphasis on the close links Dufy maintained with the work of Cézanne from 1908 to 1914.
After enjoying the show, take some time to explore the magnificent city of Aix-en-Provence, the cultural and tourism capital of Provence.
Caumont Centre d’Art
3 Rue Joseph Cabassol, 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Open every day, from 10 am- 7 pm in the summer months.
The Raoul Dufy show is running until September 18th, 2022. The full-price ticket is 14,50 €
From France Today magazine
Lead photo credit : Raoul Dufy’s 1926 oil painting ‘La jetée- promenade à Nice’, taken from France Today Magazine