Such joy emanates from this gouache, Visit of the English Squadron to Le Havre (Visite de l’Escadre anglaise au Havre)!
“I know the sea as a bather, as a sailor and as a painter. It is as a painter that I prefer it!”
His favorite subject of nautical festivals was a pretext for the artist to express this passion and create an explosion of color. With joyous, quick brushstrokes, he affixed the myriad of colors of the pavilions, sails, and rails onto a blue and emerald green sea to depict the happy atmosphere of the port.
The Normandy countryside also attracted the attention of this native of Le Havre. The contrast of the wheat fields yellowed by the sun, the heavy and stormy skies and the green vegetation of the trees and meadows fascinated him so much, that he included the theme of harvests in the immense setting of the Electricity Fairy designed for the International Exhibition of 1937.
Born in Le Havre, Raoul Dufy began in the Beaux-Arts with Friesz and continued in Paris.
After a brief impressionist period, he became a fauve in 1906.
Influenced by Cezanne, he will abandon Fauvism in 1908…
Exhibition from March 14 to April 30, 2022
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