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Artwork by Raoul Dufy

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About the Artist

Raoul Dufy was born at Normandy, France in 1877. At age 14 he quit school and took a job in a coffee importing company. In 1900 he was awarded a scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied for four years. Dufy was initially influenced by the Impressionists, then by the Fauvists. Noted for scenes of open-air social events, Raoul Dufy painted landscapes, regattas, concerts and racecourses in brilliant colours and with calligraphic brushwork. He designed and printed fabrics for the couturier Poiret and decorated ceramics by Artigas. He also illustrated various books with woodcuts, lithographs and etchings. A recipient of the Carnegie Prize in 1930 and the International Grand Prize for Painting at the 1952 Venice Biennale, Dufy by then was internationally known. Exhibitions have been held in most major museums, including the Tate, Stedelijk, Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art and the Museum National d’Art Moderne in Paris.