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Bernard Dufour
1922 - 2016
FEMME NUE, TROIS ARBRES
oil on canvas
Executed in 1966.
signed and dated 66
Oil on canvas
146 x 114,5 cm; 57 1/2 x 45 1/16 in.
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Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the present owners

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Beaubourg, Bernard Dufour, 1987

Literature

Pierre Nahon, L'Histoire de la Galerie Beaubourg II, 1988-1994, Paris, 2009, p. 18, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

Dufour cannot paint anybody. He paints the woman he most desires among all the ones he sees. It cannot work without desire. He chooses to represent female nudes, but not any woman, she who touches him the most, his. (...) Dufour speaks about bodies: the other's body. And by doing so, he speaks about the very body of painting, the one that takes shape on the canvas. It is also our own body when it projects itself in the anarchic space of desire and fantasy, far away from beautiful polished images and good manners. In this interlacing of colors and shapes, life unfolds in a disruptive chaos.

Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon - Day Sale

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