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Raoul Dufy


French Fauvist Painter and Designer
The name Fauves is French for "Wild Beasts"

 Artistically and Stylistically Influenced by the following Painters and Art Movements - Matisse, Georges Braque , Pointillism and Post-Impressionism

Raoul Dufy Inspirational Art Quotations

A painted landscape is not nature anyway. Art is a creation. -- Raoul Duffy Quote

 I don't follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives. -- Raoul Duffy Quote

My eyes were made to erase all that is ugly. -- Raoul Duffy Quote

The subject itself is of no account; what matters is the way it is presented. -- Raoul Duffy Quote


The Fauves

The Fauvist movement was the high-spirited stepchild
 pointillism and impressionism. The exuberant 20th-century art movement was led by Henri Matisse. The Fauves emphasized vivid colors, hearty brushstrokes and simplified forms. The subject matter of the Fauve painters is generally lighthearted. They favored seascapes, the French countryside, portraits,  nudes, and domestic interiors. The Fauve palette is what set them apart. Fauvists used paint directly from the tube and never mixed their colors. They favored deep reds, oranges, and bright greens.  The Fauve colors seemed intense and tasteless, even offensive to art critics of the time. Matisse stated "In art, truth and reality begin when one no longer understands what one is doing or what one knows, and when there remains an energy that is all the stronger for being constrained, controlled and compressed"

This new style of paintings was a reflection of the transformation that was taking place in Europe, the change from the restrictive Victorian age to a more enlightened, tolerant society. Raoul Dufy asserted, "I don't follow any system. All the laws you can lay down are only so many props to be cast aside when the hour of creation arrives."

When the Fauvists held their first exhibit, the daring forms and vivid colors outraged the Paris art world. Critics stormed out and threw glasses of wine at some of the paintings. One critic, Marcel Dupree, was so aghast at the Fauvist paintings he vomited outside the gallery and took to his bed for several weeks.



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