Wednesday, October 7, 2009
A Visit with the Granddaddy of Modern Chic
This painting inspires me, so I wanted to share it with you.
It's a scene in Nice, France, painted by Raoul Dufy in 1928.
Are you acquainted with Dufy?
I don't know much about art, but I know what I like, and I LOVE Dufy.
When he visited the States back in 1951, Time magazine called him "the granddaddy of modern chic." I can certainly see why.
He's well known for his watercolors...
Very nice, but I'm crazy about his oil paintings.
They speak JOY to me, and I love their childlike effervescence.
I'm pretty sure that's not an art term, but I don't care. His works just make me happy.
One day I'd love to see this one in person.
La Feé Electricité, The Electricity Fairy. As you can see, it's a HUGE panoramic view of the history of electricity. He created it for the Pavilion de l'Electricité at the 1937 World's Fair, but you can find it now at the Musée D'Art Moderne in Paris.
It's at the tippy top of my list of things to see the next time I go to France. (I AM going, even if I have to stow away in a suitcase on my husband's next business trip!)
I love Dufy's work so much that I even attempted to copy it. (Gulp! Don't hate me, ghost of Raoul Dufy!)
The process just made me love him more.
The next one I want to try?
This is it. Don't you want to dive into those delicious colors?
How about diving into this delightful 1950's cartoon about Dufy's life instead? It captures his childlike joy perfectly!
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!