Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

Les régates à Deauville

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)
Les régates à Deauville
signed, dated and inscribed 'Raoul Dufy 1934 Deauville' (lower left)
oil on canvas
18 5/8 x 43 5/8 in. (47.3 x 110.8 cm.)
Painted in 1934
The Lefevre Gallery (Alex. Reid & Lefevre, Ltd.), London (by 1940).
Acquired by the family of the present owner, 1949.
The Burlington Magazine for Connoisseurs, London, vol. 76, no. 442, January 1940, no. 28 (illustrated).
M. Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Geneva, 1973, vol. II, p. 358, no. 875 (illustrated in color).
London, Sotheby's Galleries, Exhibition of Masterpieces of Painting and of Craftsmanship, Organised by The Burlington Magazine, January 1940, p. 11, no. 28.
London, The Lefevre Gallery (Alex. Reid & Lefevre, Ltd.), date unknown, no. 28.

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Lot Essay

Regatta and seascapes were among Dufy's favorite subjects. The joyful and dynamic atmosphere of the races and the ports presented Dufy with ample opportunities to experiment with movement and color. He produced numerous depictions of Le Havre and Deauville from 1925-1930, keeping his treatment fresh by varying colors and perspectives.

Les régates à Deauville is a quintessential scene of the boats at Deauville. Dufy vividly depicts the joie de vivre of this resort town by using his signature vocabulary: brilliant flags, strong use of Prussian blue, flat areas of color and couleur-lumière. Although Dufy was interested in depicting spontaneous movement through his use of rapid brushwork, he was more absorbed in experimenting with his theory of couleur-lumière. Dufy wrote, "the colour captures the light that forms and animates the group as a whole. Every object or group of objects is placed within its own area of light and shade, receiving its share of reflections and being subjected to the arrangement decided by the artist" (quoted in D. Perez-Tibi, Dufy, London, 1989, p. 150).

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