fauvism

Raoul Dufy in America

i have a folder of paintings by Raoul Dufy on my mac that i look at every now and then, sometimes i set them as my desktop wallpaper… and then i have to set it back to something else because they are just too bright, beautiful and colourful for me to look at 24/7. i have been wanting to do a post about him for ages but wasn’t sure in what context – until i found these images of an elderly Dufy visiting the USA in 1950, where he was being treated for crippling arthritis. he used to fasten the brush to his hands just so he could continue working.

Raoul Dufy visits America

sadly it is believed that Dufy died as a result of the continuos arthritis treatment he was receiving, due to mixing his medication with aspirin. also, interestingly, it is has been suggested that rheumatoid arthritis was more common in artists of that day who used intensely bright colours due to the heavy metals present in the pigment. it also didn’t help that most of them were smokers. can you imagine a french artist without a cigarette or pipe in their hand?

you can read the Life Magazine article here. photographs by Gjon Mili.

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

“disgusted by the drum majorettes”

Raoul Dufy in America

“Brooklyn Bridge was rapidly sketched from the front seat of a moving car in which Dufy made three slow trips across the bridge”

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

above: a portrait of the photographer painted by Dufy.

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

here are some of my favourite Raoul Dufy pieces.

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Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
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Raoul Dufy Self Portrait

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Matisse & Me

“I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.” – Henri Matisse

my top 10 lists are always changing – top 10 bands i want to see live (daft punk & arcade fire are usually in there), top 10 hottie actors (hello jon hamm, hello javier bardem), top 10 foods i would choose as my last meal (that is a particularly tough one) …but some of my top 10 famous artists are pretty easy to nail down: gauguin, van gogh, odilon redon, cezanne, rousseau, chagall, picasso and matisse amongst others. all at their most colourful periods.

so when my boyfriend told me he was going to see a matisse exhibition at the pompidou in paris i was quite jealous (also because i wasn’t in paris, really). the exhibition is called Matisse Pairs and Sets and it boasts 90 of his works that show how he would paint or draw the same subject over and over in different ways. he once said, “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.” it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see all these works collected in one place,  so if you’re in the area go check it out – it’s running until 18 June.

since i couldn’t be there (grumble grumble) i decided to look through his amazing body of work, and then i started seeing bits of Matisse everywhere.

right: detail of mara hoffman swimsuit

right: photograph by ty williams

right: street style by vogue

below: the apartment

right: street style by vanessa jackman

right: the queen

below: photograph by david

right: street style by streetpeeper

right: dvf

right: ruffled

right: street style by streetstyle aesthetic

right: abstraction pillow

right: streetstyle by the street fashion 5 xpro

right: dress by poti poti

all artwork images courtesy of wikipaintings

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