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Pecheurs De Crevettes by Raoul Dufy

Pecheurs De Crevettes by Raoul Dufy

R. S. Johnson Fine Art (IFPDA)



Edition Size: 33

Sheet Size: 34 x 45.5 cm


Condition: Excellent

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Pecheurs de crevettes, circa 1920
Shrimp Fishermen

Lithograph on strong, white vélin paper: edition of 33
340 x 455 mm.; 13 3/8 x 17 7/8 inches
Signed and numbered

Baron Henri M. Petiet, Paris

One of France’s major twentieth-century artists, Dufy, together with Derain, Matisse and Vlaminck, founded the Fauve movement (1904-1907). Dufy also is a major figure in the history of lithography. According to Castleman (Riva Castleman Prints of the Twentieth Century: A History, Museum of Modern Art, New York:, 1975: p. 95), Dufy’s lithographs of the 1920s “…share with Matisse’s work of the period a quick-sketch quality primarily achieved by the deft management of the lithographic crayon…”.

This rare lithograph came from the collection of the late Baron Henri M. Petiet. A world-renowned art connoisseur, Petiet is considered as the twentieth century’s greatest print dealer. This distinction was achieved chiefly through his acquisition in the 1940s of the entire Ambroise Vollard Picasso print holdings (now known as La Suite Vollard).

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The Artist

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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