L’Orée du Bois, 1922

by Jean Dufy


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 31.8 x 25.5 in. / 80.8 x 64.8 cm
(framed) 43.0 x 37.0 in. / 109.2 x 94.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Jean Dufy’ and dated (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Dufy often depicted people enjoying themselves in a bright colourful manner and he became best-known for his panoramic views of modern Paris, capturing the architecture, activities and electricity of the city – and at the same time he was drawn time and again to nature and to landscape representation.


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    L’Orée du Bois, 1922 by Jean Dufy was painted in 1922 and shows the edge of a forest in Southern France. In 1920, the artist returned to Paris and lived in the artist quarter Montmartre, a direct neighbour of Georges Braques. The music and art of the Parisian culture scene during the post-war years influenced Jean Dufy definitively in his power of expression in colours, but at the same time he was drawn time and again to nature and to landscape representation.

    This work is from early on in this artistic period and the expressiveness of L’Orée du bois, recalls the music that Dufy would have heard in the cafés of Paris- a culture Dufy was very much a part of. Here, the artist’s quick, broad, expressive brushstrokes have recreated the dense vegetation and the sloping of the hill by the wood’s edge.

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    Jean Dufy was born in Le Havre in 1888 and came from a large, musically as well as artistically, very talented family. His older brother was the well-known painter, Raoul Dufy.  Dufy’s career began with a mercantile apprenticeship – he only gradually discovered his love of painting. When visiting an exhibit in Le Havre in 1906, featuring impressive works by Matisse, Derain, Marquet and Picasso, he decided to become a full-time artist.

    When he returned from military service in 1912 he moved to Paris. In 1914, Jean Dufy presented his watercolours for the first time in the Galerie Berthe Weill, receiving great recognition. After this success he was encouraged to work tirelessly on his paintings of landscapes, animals and flowers. By 1916, Raoul and Jean Dufy worked together for textile studio Bianchini-Férier, also developing flower and animal designs for the Lyon porcelain manufacturer Théodore Haviland de Limoges for thirty years.

    In 1925, Jean Dufy received the Gold Medal at L’Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs for designing the porcelain service “Châteaux de France”. He exhibited consistently for the subsequent years.

    In 1950-60, Dufy took numerous trips abroad, and his impressions from these were reflected in his work. He died on 12th May 1964 in La Boissière in France.

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