Property from the Estate of Harriet Griffin Whitelaw
1877 - 1953
NU AUX PAPILLONS
Signed Raoul Dufy (lower right)
Watercolor and brush and ink on paper
21¾ by 27⅞ in. (55.2 by 70.8 cm)
Framed: 30⅜ by 35¾ in. (77.1 by 90.8 cm)
Executed in 1930.
This work is in very good condition. Executed on cream wove paper. Hinged at two places along the top edge of the verso. The sheet is slightly faded and consistently time stained overall. There are artist's pinholes in all four corners. Some numbering by another hand at the right and left edges in pencil which is not visible when the work is framed. The sheet is slightly dirty. Flattened crease in the lower left register. Otherwise, fine.
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Perls Galleries, New York
Acquired from the above
Fanny Guillon-Lafaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné des aquarelles, gouaches et pastels, vol. II, Paris, 1982, no. 1855, illustrated p. 291
This work is evocative of Dufy's most highly sought-after Fauve compositions. The sumptuous female nude is surrounded by colorful butterflies bursting with vivaciousness. Butterflies are art historically important motifs for their metamorphic qualities and their ephemerality which is often referred to in Dutch vanitas.