Galerie Daniel Malingue, Paris
Sale: Christie's, London, 21st June 1993, lot 30
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Geneva, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Raoul Dufy, 1952, illustrated in colour on the back cover of the catalogue
Paris, Galerie Bernheim Jeune-Dauberville, Chefs-d'œuvre de Raoul Dufy, 1959, no. 25
Paris, Galerie Europe, Hommage à Raoul Dufy, 1967, no. 12 (with incorrect measurements)
Tokyo, Palais France, Galerie Drouant, Raoul Dufy, 1974, no. 14, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
London, Hayward Gallery, Raoul Dufy, 1983-84, no. 97, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Raoul Dufy. Le plaisir, 2008-09, no. 83, illustrated in colour in the catalogue
Dora Perez-Tibi, Dufy, London, 1989, fig. 297, illustrated in colour p. 232
Xavier Girard & Dora Perez-Tibi, Dufy. Le peintre- écorateur, Arcueil, 1993, no. 93, illustrated in colour p. 116
Writing about the present work, Dora Perez-Tibi observed : ‘While The Martinican Woman attests to Dufy’s liking for a certain exoticism, she also contributes to a seductive and decorative composition. This combines the warmth of a range of colour stressing reds, pinks, ochres and yellows, punctuated with white and green, and an ornamental richness which does not weigh down the composition as a whole. The figure remains admirably in the foreground despite the flatness of this composition, counterbalanced by the oblique angles of the folds of the dress and her arms and feet, and by the faint hints of the bed. Dufy has painted the model in his bedroom, sitting on the edge of the bed, with a fabric bearing a Bianchini-Férier pattern of arum lilies draped over the walls of the room. Behind the model stands a canvas panel in intense colours, painted in Tournon in 1930’ (D. Perez-Tibi, op. cit., p. 244).
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