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Pecheurs de crevettes, circa 1920
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).