The work of the French artist Raoul Dufy is on exhibition at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo (Madrid, Spain) from the 17th of February until the 17th of May. This is the most important retrospective show of the artist in the country.
Raoul Dufy (Le Havre, 1877 – Forcalquier, 1953) began to take painting lessons at the age of 18 and was soon attracted to Impressionists such as Gauguin and Van Gogh, although for a short period as he quickly fell in love with the Fauves, particularly with the painting Luxe, Calme et Volupté (Matisse, 1904). Three years later he fell under the influence of the work of Cubists such as Braque and Cézanne.
Dufy worked in oils and watercolors and was also an illustrator and designer. In fact, from 1911 he focused on decorations through his collaboration with the fashion designer Paul Poiret and his work for the Bianchini-Ferrier textile firm.
Regattas, beach scenes, nudes, landscapes and concerts were some of the main themes of the painting of this French artist which also left many masterpieces as an illustrator and in textile design and ceramic.
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