Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum || Exhibition: Raoul Dufy || until 17.05.2015

The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza holds the first major retrospective on Raoul Dufy in Madrid since the one presented at the Casa de las Alhajas in 1989. The exhibition, which is benefiting from the collaboration of the Comunidad de Madrid, offers a comprehensive survey of the entire career of this French artist through 93 works loaned from private collections and museums, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate, London, and an exceptional loan of 36 works from the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Although principally featuring oil paintings, the exhibition includes drawings and watercolours in addition to textiles and ceramics designed by Dufy during the course of his long and prolific career of more than half a century. The Museum offers a reassessment of his work that focuses not only on Dufy’s more hedonistic side as the painter of the pleasures of modern life, but also and primarily on his more introspective, reflexive and personal facet. Juan Ángel López-Manzanares, the exhibition’s curator and a curator at the Museo Thyssen- Bornemisza, has devised a chronologically ordered structure for the exhibition, which follows the development of Dufy’s painting through four sections: his early work (From Impressionism to Fauvism); the period when the influence of Cézanne led him towards Cubism (The Constructive Period); his output as a designer of textiles and ceramics (Decorative Designs); and finally, his mature phase (The Light of Colours).

Raoul Dufy, ‘Boardwalk of the Casino Marie-Christine at Sainte Adresse’ (1906). Oil on canvas ©Milwaukee Art Museum/Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy, ‘Boardwalk of the Casino Marie-Christine at Sainte Adresse’ (1906). Oil on canvas ©Milwaukee Art Museum/Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy, ‘Still Life with Violin, Homage to Bach’ (1952). Oil on canvas ©Centre Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne

Raoul Dufy, ‘Still Life with Violin, Homage to Bach’ (1952). Oil on canvas ©Centre Pompidou, Musee national d’art moderne

Raoul Dufy, ‘The Wheatfield’ (1929). Oil on canvas ©Tate London/Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy, ‘The Wheatfield’ (1929). Oil on canvas ©Tate London/Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy,Peacock illustration (1910-11) from ‘The Bestiary’ by Guillaume Apollinaire. Woodcut on paper ©Centre Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne

Raoul Dufy,Peacock illustration (1910-11) from ‘The Bestiary’ by Guillaume Apollinaire. Woodcut on paper ©Centre Pompidou, Musee national d’art moderne

Raoul Dufy, ‘The Gate’ (1930). Oil on canvas ©Private Collection

Raoul Dufy, ‘The Gate’ (1930). Oil on canvas ©Private Collection

Raoul Dufy, ‘Vence Landscape’ (1908). Oil on canvas ©Musee d’art modern de la Ville de Paris/Raoul

Raoul Dufy, ‘Vence Landscape’ (1908). Oil on canvas ©Musee d’art modern de la Ville de Paris/Raoul

Raoul Dufy, ‘Self Portrait’ (1898). Oil on canvas ©Centre Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne

Raoul Dufy, ‘Self Portrait’ (1898). Oil on canvas
©Centre Pompidou, Musee national d’art moderne

     Raoul Dufy      Open Window, Nice, 1928      Oil on canvas.      65,1 x 53,7 cm     The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection     © Raoul Dufy / VEGAP / Madrid, 2015

Raoul Dufy
Open Window, Nice, 1928
Oil on canvas.
65,1 x 53,7 cm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Joseph Winterbotham Collection
© Raoul Dufy / VEGAP / Madrid, 2015

 

 

Source: Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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