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L’Amour by Raoul Dufy

L’Amour by Raoul Dufy

Harris Schrank Fine Prints (IFPDA)



Edition Size: 100

Sheet Size: 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches


Condition: Excellent

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RAOUL DUFY (1877-1953)
L’Amour, woodcut, 1910, signed and numbered 78/100 in pencil, lower right, from the first edition of 100, in good condition, full margins, 210×255 mm; 8 1/2×10 1/4 inches, from the set Les Plaisirs de la Paix published by Editions de la Sirene, Paris, 1910.

A superb, early impression.

Dufy was a primary mover in the adaptation of the woodcut technique to modern art. Dufy had an early exposure to Cubism (in 1908, working with Braque at L’Estaque, near Marseilles).L’Amour is one of a set of woodcuts Dufy made on his return in 1910 from a visit to Munich; observers have noted that it shows evidence of his being inspired by the German Expressionists. But largely because of its date and Dufy’s involvement with the Fauvists, L’Amour can be seen as an important example of Fauvist woodcutting. The set of woodcuts was exhibited at the Salon d’Automne of 1910.

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Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy’s work is classic of the Fauvism period and his paintings had a colourful, decorative flair which became very popular for use on ceramics and textiles. He is best known for his work depicting images of open-air social events, however he also worked as a printmaker, book illustrator, draftsman, a designer of furniture, a scenic designer and a planner of public spaces. Dufy left school at age 14 and he took evening art classes when he was 18. He completed a year of military service and then the following year in 1900 he won a scholarship to École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he met Othon Friesz, a fellow French artist of the Fauvist movement.

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