Lot 120
  • 120

Raoul Dufy

350,000 - 450,000 USD
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  • Raoul Dufy
  • Vence

  • Signed Raoul Dufy (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 31 7/8 by 39 3/8 in.
  • 81 by 100 cm


Marcel Capferrer, Paris
Sam Salz, New York
Mathilda Schwartz-Goldman, New York
Bequest of the above in 2002


Pierre Courthion, Raoul Dufy, Geneva, 1951, illustrated in color pl. 88
Sam Hunter, Raoul Dufy, New York, 1954, illustrated in color pl. 7
Maurice Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, vol. 2, Geneva, 1972, no. 542, illustrated p. 112

Catalogue Note

Raoul Dufy, along with Matisse and Derain, was one of the most prominent artists at the center of Fauvism, a short-lived but incredibly popular movement, whose daring palettes and loose brushwork earned them their nickname. The heritage of this experience is evident in this view of the southern town of Vence, which Dufy first visited in 1919. This work depicts the towering Chapel enclosed within the famous medieval walled village, the oldest part of the town and of the French Riviera. Following an initial brief sojourn in Paris, Dufy discovered the luminosity of the south of France, a place he would return to throughout his career.

The vibrant palette and the singularity of this work emphasize Dufy's style of achieving a sense of movement through simplicity of lines and essentiality of form. In a striking manner, Dufy contrasts the foreground landscape comprised of erratic and curved lines with the vertical geometric lines of the towering houses. A passionate follower of the effects of color, Dufy once again combines iconic imagery with a unique painterly style.