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Raoul Dufy - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1935)

Trained at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, Raoul Dufy originally was attracted to the concepts of Impressionism, Cubism, and Fauvism. He took a brief respite from painting in order to design textile patterns, book illustrations, and graphic design in 1907. After settling on the French Riviera in 1917, he began painting again using Chinese calligraphy as inspirations for his large paintings infused with black lines. In 1938, Dufy’s completed one of the largest paintings ever done, a mural for the Exposition Universelle in Paris. He developed a colourful, decorative style that became fashionable for designs of ceramics, textiles and decorative schemes for public buildings. He is noted for scenes of open-air social events. Dufy also acquired a reputation as an illustrator and an applied artist. He changed the face of local fashion and fabric design with his work for Paul Poiret. He painted murals for public buildings, as well as produced a prodigious number of tapestries.

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