impressionism

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
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy Self Portrait

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Nasturtiums

if there’s one thing i will always remember about my mom’s garden, and perhaps my childhood in general, was the abundance of nasturtiums. this humble little flower seemed to grow in every garden in south africa – a bit of a weed, really. almost a lowly little bloom. i remember it having a peculiar smell, but possibly my favourite thing about it was its beautiful round leaves that would catch dew drops in the morning – and you’d carefully ease them off onto your tongue, pretending to be a bird.

i’ve noticed them a lot these days, becoming popular again, being used in floral arrangements and styled into photoshoots. i’m happy for the nasturtium! if anything it has been rendered immortal in the artwork of some of the greats. i can only imagine that they were as abundant for the artists in their day as they were in my mom’s garden.

Félix Vallotton

Abbott Fuller Graves

Gustave Caillebotte

Henri Fantin-Latour

Paul Gauguin

Henri Fantin-Latour

Odilon Redon

Félix Vallotton

Gustave Caillebotte

Félix Vallotton

Henri Matisse

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want to buy some art?

sotheby’s is having an auction of impressionist & modern art on 22 june. thought i’d pick out my favourites and see what they’re going for…

henri matisse – oudalisques jouant aux dames : £10,000,000 – £15,000,000

andré derain – arbres a collioure : £9,000,000 – £14,000,000

edouard manet - bouquet de pivoines : £4,000,000 – £6,000,000

egon schiele - portrait of eva freund : £250,000 – £350,000

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autumn

autumn (also known as profile of lydia) (1880)mary cassatt

i’m really feeling autumn & winter today. can you tell? the colours are amazing too, obvs.

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