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Raoul Dufy
LE LOIR À DURTAL
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LOT SOLD. 324,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

Raoul Dufy
LE LOIR À DURTAL
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 324,500 USD
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Raoul Dufy
1877 - 1953
LE LOIR À DURTAL
Signed Raoul Dufy and dated 1906 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
13 by 16 1/8 in.
33 by 40.9 cm
Painted in 1906.
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Provenance

Galerie Hervé, Paris
Private Collection, Paris
Sale: Digard Auction, Paris, June 19, 2002, lot 68
Opera Gallery, Paris
Acquired from the above in 2006

Exhibited

Paris, Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol & Nice, Musée des beaux-arts Jules Chéret, Raoul Dufy, Un autre regard, 2003, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue
Salzburg, Salis & Vertes, Festspielausstellung, 2004, n.n., illustrated in color in the catalogue

Literature

Maurice Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné de l’oeuvre peint, vol. I, Geneva, 1972, no. 228, illustrated p. 199

Catalogue Note

Dufy believed that the decisive turning point in his career occurred at the Salon d’automne of 1905, where he saw Matisse’s revolutionary painting, Luxe, calme et volupté. At that point, claimed Dufy: “I understood the new raison d’être of painting and impressionist realism lost its charm for me as I beheld this miracle of the creative imagination at play, in color and drawing” (quoted in Jacques Lassaigne, Dufy, New York, n.d., p. 22). Dufy began incorporating the bright hues favored by the Fauves, but individualized the palette by using softer shades of pink, light blue, lavender and yellow.

The year 1906 heralded Dufy’s widespread recognition as an artist and marked the advent of his Fauve years. Le Loir à Durtal is a quintessential example of Dufy’s distinct Fauve aesthetic and was painted during this seminal year for the artist, during which he exhibited in both the Salon des indépendants and the Salon d’automne and opened his first one-man show at the gallery of Berthe Weill in Paris. He spent much of the summer traveling with Marquet throughout Normandy, creating depictions of the coastline, though the present picture is a rare example of Dufy's depiction of the Loir river (a tributary of the Loire) in western France.

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