JEAN DUFYFrench 1888 - 1964

Provenance:
Germaine Dufy, younger sister of Raoul and Jean Dufy;
Comtesse Françoise de Faramond;
By descent from the above to the previous owner

JEAN DUFYFrench 1888 - 1964

Jean Dufy was born into a large artistic family consisting of nine children. At the early age of 14 the creative leanings of Jean were becoming apparent and he attended the art school in his native town of Le Havre - following in the recent footsteps of Braque, Frienz and his own brother Raoul. Later he joined his brother in Paris before leaving to travel in Europe and the West and the North of Africa. These trips abroad were interrupted by the First World War. In 1920 he began exhibiting his latest paintings, mainly at the Salon d’Automme. Benezit states that ‘the comparison with his brother’s work is inevitable’ and it is true that the subjects of their paintings are very similar; they both delighted in painting panoramic views of busy Parisian boulevards, beach scenes, orchestras, circuses, and especially racecourses. These were normally painted in vivid colours, and both favoured gouache and watercolour rather than oil paint. However, it is equally important to realise the differences between the two brothers’ work. It has been noted that Raoul Dufy concentrates more on individual elements in his paintings working with a ‘staccato classical rhythm in a lively tempo’, while Jean is generally more sensitive to the whole scene represented, painting with a flowing rhythm and subtler tones.