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Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)

L’orchestre à la chanteuse

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)
L’orchestre à la chanteuse
signed and dated ‘Raoul Dufy 1942’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
21 1/4 x 25 5/8 in. (54 x 65 cm.)
Painted in 1942
Louis Carré, Paris, before 1954, and thence by descent.
Neffe-Degandt Fine Art, London.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in June 2005.
M. Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre peint, vol. IV, Geneva, 1977, no. 1401, p. 20 (illustrated).
D. Perez-Tibi, Dufy, Paris, 1989, no. 362, p. 329 (illustrated p. 291).
Paris, Galerie Louis Carré, Raoul Dufy, June 1943.
Nice, Galerie des Ponchettes, Hommage à Raoul Dufy, March 1954, no. 33, p. 31 (illustrated).
Berne, Kunsthalle, Raoul Dufy, June - July 1954, no. 22.
Eindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Raoul Dufy, 1955.
Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Raoul Dufy, July - September 1955, no. 35, p. 27 (illustrated pl. XVIII).
Paris, Galerie Creuzevault, Peintures de Maîtres, May - June 1957 (illustrated).
London, Hayward Gallery, Raoul Dufy, November 1983 - February 1984, no. 123, p. 165 (illustrated p. 65).
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Lot Essay

Painted in 1942, Lorchestre à la chanteuse is one of the earliest paintings in a series of orchestral scenes that Raoul Dufy commenced at the beginning of the 1940s. Born into a musical family – Dufy’s father was a part-time organist and church choir conductor, and two of his brothers were musicians – the artist was immersed in the world of music from an early age, and had first depicted an orchestra in 1902. It was not until the 1940s, during the Second World War, that he returned to the subject matter of music, embarking on a theme that would reinvigorate his art and fascinate him throughout the decade. Dufy painted and sketched numerous depictions of instrumental concertos, orchestras, choirs and singers, and later created pictorial homages to his favourites composers, including Mozart, Bach and Chopin. Formerly in the collection of the prominent art dealer and collector Louis Carré, Lorchestre à la chanteuse is an expression of the joy that Dufy found in music at this time.

Depicting the orchestra from above, in Lorchestre à la chanteuse, Dufy has painted an array of musicians in the middle of their performance. Painted with rich tones of orange, purple and brown, Lorchestre à la chanteuse demonstrates the artist’s distinctive use of colour: over broad swathes of colour, Dufy has drawn the outlines of figures and their instruments, creating the compositional structure of the scene. Like notes on a musical score, the rows of performers, including violinists, flutists and cellists, are depicted in a frenetic flurry of lines, giving a sense of animated movement and dynamism to the painting. The repeated shapes and lines create a melodious rhythm that evokes the cadences and harmonies of music. Bringing music and painting together, Lorchestre à la chanteuse conveys a sense of exuberance. Pablo Casals, a famous cellist and friend of the artist said upon seeing one of Dufy’s orchestra scenes such as Lorchestre à la chanteuse: ‘I cannot tell what piece your orchestra is playing, but I know which key it is written in’ (P. Casals quoted in, D. Perez-Tibi, Dufy, London, 1989, p. 292).

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