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  • Raoul Dufy
    Jun 3, 1877 - Mar 23, 1953
  • The Bell Tower (Church of St Vincent in Le Havre) - Raoul Dufy was a French artist and designer whose paintings and prints portrayed leisure activities and urban landscapes. His distinctive style is characterized by bright colours thinly spread over a white ground, with objects sketchily delineated by sensuously undulating lines. Dufy took as his subjects scenes of recreation and spectacle, including horse races, regattas, parades, and concerts.
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The Bell Tower (Church of St Vincent in Le Havre)
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  • The Bell Tower (Church of St Vincent in Le Havre)

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  • 1908
    Oil on canvas
    Private collection.

    Le clocher is the only non-Italian painting that comes from the same private collection as lots XX, demonstrating the special admiration that the later owner had for Raoul Dufy.

    Raoul Dufy was, together with Emile Othon Friesz and Georges Braque, one of the protagonists of the Fauvist school of Le Havre, where he was born in 1877, and he completed his studies, at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts. In 1899, he was released from military service and moved to Paris with Friesz, where he became acquainted with the work of the Impressionist artists. The turning point of his career however came in 1905, when he visited the Salon d’ Automne. The vivid colours and violent brushstrokes of the early Fauve painters such as Matisse, Derain and Vlaminck, were irresistible to him and his fellow Norman painters, who inevitably responded to this in their own work, back in their native Normandy.

    Le Havre remained one of Dufy’s favourite subjects, and one that he would paint both from life, while visiting his native town, and in his studio, allowing his imagination to recreate it, a tendency in common with the Fauves he had admired in Paris.

    Le clocher depicts the bell tower of the Church of St Vincent in Le Havre, surrounded by a harmonious yet dynamic view of the rooftops of Dufy’s hometown. The tones are slightly darker than those typical of his 1906 images of Le Havre, almost as if the day here was turning to sunset, but the deep, blue brushstrokes give a sense of movement, balanced with serenity, that pervades the canvas. A very similar stylistic approach and palette can be seen in some major paintings executed the same year in the South of France and today in museums, such as the Vence landscape in the collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, or Boats at l’Estaque in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nice.

    Le clocher has not been seen at auction since 1965, when it last sold publicly as part of a large, important collection sale.

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Other paintings by Raoul Dufy:

View of Paris
View of Paris
The Promenade by the Sea
The Promenade by the Sea
The Ball (Le Bal)
The Ball (Le Bal)
The Piers
The Piers
Raoul DufyRaoul Dufy was a French artist and designer whose paintings and prints portrayed leisure activities and urban landscapes. He created airy washes of light and shade, into which he would draw bold calligraphic brushstrokes. The artist's experimental use of color was influenced both by Claude Monet and his Fauvist peer Henri Matisse. “Blue is the only color which maintains its own character in all its tones it will always stay blue,” the artist mused. “Whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white is no longer red, but another color—pink.” Born June 3, 1877 in Le Havre, France, he enrolled in night classes at the École des Beaux-Arts before studying under Léon Bonnat at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts on a scholarship. Dufy first encountered Fauvism at the Salon des Indépendants in 1905, after which he adapted the style to serve his own artistic purposes. During his life, the artist traveled both abroad and within France, painting views of the Mediterranean city of Nice, as well as scenes of horse races and regattas. Throughout the 1920s, Dufy worked in a variety of materials, producing ceramics, tapestry hangings, and large-scale architectural decorations. His commission for the 26th Venice Biennale won him the International Grand Prix for painting in 1952, a year before his death on March 23, 1953 in Forcalquier, France. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.