MULTICOLOURED BOUQUET  OF FLOWERS
Jean Dufy
LE HAVRE 1888 - 1964 LA BOISSIèRE
MULTICOLOURED BOUQUET OF FLOWERS
WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER
SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT:
“JEAN DUFY 1922”

52 X 42 CM
CERTIFICATE

JACQUES BAILLY, SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2011, PARIS

LITERATURE

THE WORK WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE FORTHCOMING CATALOGUE RAISONNE OF JEAN DUFY

Jean Dufy is known for his landscapes, flowers, animals and scenes of city life. Despite countless travels around the globe and a great love for nature, he remained strongly tied to Paris all his life. In addition to being Dufy’s favourite urban motif, the French metropolis offered artistic progress and a challenging dynamic that gave him orientation and served him as a constant source of inspiration. Yet it is not only his gay scenes of musicians and circus artists – whose activities held great fascination for Dufy – that provide insights into a different world. He also executed masterful scenes of quiet domestic seclusion. The still life with flowers dating from 1922 mirrors the artistic license of the self-confident and successful Dufy, whose forceful brushstroke requires no more than a few details to bring the motif to life. Resulting from Fauvist principles and technical liberties united by avant-gardist ideals, the intensive colour spectrum seems entirely at home in this scene. Contours are used only sparingly; where they do appear, they introduce accents with their bolder colouration, adding all the more emphasis to the radiant colours. In Dufy’s motley bouquet, the serious mood and mannered composition traditionally associated with the still life has disappeared in favour of a buoyancy and freshness reminiscent of a carefree summer day.