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The Band by Raoul Dufy

The Band by Raoul Dufy

Clifton Gallery



Edition Size: 3000

Sheet Size: 49.5 x 75.8 cm


Condition: Good

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The Band

By Raoul Dufy

Large lithograph from the Third Series of School Prints in 1949. This print was created as part of an initiative to get children in British schools interested in art by showing them printmaking.

A few artists were asked to participate and 3,000 prints were created – a lot of which were destroyed over the years from displaying and using them in schools. Signed in the plate. A rare print, this has a great story and comes alive with colour.

Measures 75.8 x 49.5 cm.

Unframed and stored flat.

Condition: Very Good

French artist Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a key Fauvist artist. He was a painter as well as a draftsman, printmaker and designer and worked in a lively and colourful manner. His work is typically illustrative and optimistic rather than displaying wider cultural or social issues, and was popular during his life as it is now. His work is held in numerous important collections and museums internationally.



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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