Raoul Dufy: A Celebration of Beauty
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"....  What I wish to show when I paint is the way I see things with my eyes and in my heart. "          Raoul Dufy
 
 
The Humanities Exchange is coordinating a touring exhibition about the French artist, Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1953), and his far-reaching influence as a painter, textile designer, and printmaker.   The exhibition will be available during 2006-2007.  For complete information please go to the links on the left.
 
The exhibition will begin its tour in Osaka, Japan on April 6, 2006.  It will then go to four museums in Japan prior to its arrival in North America in 2007.
 
 

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La Fanfare du Havre, 1951, watercolor

At the time of Dufy’s death in 1953, art historians and art critics were unanimous in their recognition and praise for the imagination, inventiveness, and mastery of color and light that characterized all of his work.

However increasingly during the past 50 years, Dufy has been viewed exclusively as a painter – while in reality, his paintings were just one part of a tremendous breadth and diversity of artistic creation. In addition to creating over several thousand paintings, he illustrated some 50 literary works with wood engravings, lithographs, etchings, watercolors and drawings; he made more than 200 ceramic pieces; almost 50 tapestries and about 5000 fabric designs. His stage sets, murals and monumental decorations are among the most important of his time.

The time has come to acknowledge the universal character of his work, the astonishing range of his creative energy, and his eminent place in the history of art. The exhibition is a re-appraisal of the work of Dufy and covers his long career from about 1900 until 1953.

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Sainte Adresse, 1926, oil on canvas

"......And so this is what life is and it is a pleasure, the constant abstracting the color of which a painter is made is a constant pleasure -- it is a pleasure to him and it is a pleasure to any other...... One must meditate about pleasure.  Dufy is pleasure.  Think of the color and it is not that and the line and it is not that, but it is that which is all together and which is the color that is in Dufy......"
 
Gertrude Stein, 1946
Bateaux Pavoises, oil on canvas, 1946
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The Humanities Exchange, Montreal, Canada
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