Monday, June 22, 2009

Art: Will Only An Original Do?

I commented on another blogger's recent post that I have few photographic images of artwork in my home. So not true! I've realized that much of my "art" are images captured by friends that I've framed and hung. I have just a few pieces of original paintings- though I am working on adding to my collection! The challenge is that I always felt a little "cheesy" buying prints of famous pieces. Especially those with brushstrokes in an attempt to emulate the original.
Raoul Dufy ~ Anemones
My recent discovery of Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), however, reminds me why people buy prints-- for the love of the art.

Raoul Dufy - Le Bouquet d'Arums, 1939 - Art Prints and Posters

Dufy artist was born in Le Havre and began working at the age of 14 at a coffee import company. He was able to study art, however, through evening classes at Le Havre Ecole des BeauxArts at 18. Five years later, he attended the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris under scholarship.

Interior with Open Window

One of the most fascinating things to me is the variety of mediums Dufy used- oil paintings, water colors, drawings, wood carvings, and textile designs- as well as styles. Monet, Matisse, and Cezanne all served as sources of influences to Dufy.

Furnishing fabric, designed by Raoul Dufy, about 1920. Museum no. Misc.2:29-1934

The Mississippi Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of Raoul Dufy: A Celebration of Beauty through July 5. (You might have seen Veranda Magazine's feature on the exhibition).

The Boats at Martigues  c. 1907 Raoul Dufy (1877-1953/ French)   Oil on canvas (1100-872 © Christie's Images)

These are just a few samples of his work. Interestingly, it seems that one can find some relatively affordable pieces of his work.
Untitled 39 (Vacances Forcées)

And a personal note- we've been without Internet access all weekend, so I am way behind on blog reading! And check out my new header- from Jean Sanders! Oh- and I owe StyleCourt for my discovery of Dufy. I clicked on her Eudora Welty phototography reference and it took me right to him!


  1. I love the new header, and love this post! You amaze me with all of your interests, knowledge and hobbies!

  2. The Dufys are fantastic.

    The only originals in my house are by my children. We have a lot of them displayed. The rest are un-original bargains with the right colors/theme or at least not the wrong theme. All were spotted by a pro - who knew our near-zero budget - while shopping for other things. We tried them all out and took a few back.

  3. I'm an instant fan! Very much like the style. And very much like your blog redesign!

  4. Love your new banner! Your blog is lovely! Thanks for stopping by mine and commenting!

  5. Dufy is one of my faves - as you might tell. I also love Ludwig Bemelmans. I used to be all tight and accurate - I am enjoying painting so much more now.
    Darling header!

  6. Glad you like the header, Jean. :-) Great job with it. Ludwig Bemelmans- illustrator of Madeline, yes? I love it!!

  7. Did a report on the works of Dufy for an art class recently.Amongst other things, I felt that Dufy had some influence on Bemelmans- especially in some of the illustrations in the Madeline stories.My professor agreed and gave me an A plus for the report. She also admires Bemelmans and is a fan of Madeline. Funny how these books can transcend childrens literature and stay with you for the rest of your life.


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