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Thursday, 1 October 2009

Who's a Dufy?

SUSANIN'S-- SEPTEMBER 15, 2007 Pictures, Images and Photos

What is it that appeals to me about the art of Raoul Dufy on my walls - Or waiting to go on my walls, I daren't say which?

I honestly couldn't tell you... Isn't that terrible?

The pictures I have, destined one day for my downstairs loo, are a triptych of A4 landscapes by Dufy of the river Seine as it runs from Paris down to Rouen in Normandie, where GJ and I spent a precious 3 days to celebrate his 40th Birthday, seven years ago... My father looked after Le Grizz for us, and we would be very grateful to him for his love and generosity, (for all of our lives, in fact).

I probably love Dufy's obvious love of la belle France, and the apparently swift, and energetically captured, azure blue of the seas and the skies... La mer et le ciel... The translation of images is delicate and light in touch, humorous (to me), and the tender palette is surely evocative of another Belle Epoque...

Another time, another place, non?!

And, at the same time, still so wonderfully contemporary. At least it feels so to me...

Dufy Pictures, Images and Photos

But then, what does la Fhina know? Will that do, mes bloggy art critiques?

What do you think?

dufy Pictures, Images and Photos

9 comments:

Sniffles and Smiles said...

I love his work as well! Thanks for sharing this!!!! You are a brilliant critic! ~Janine XO

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Love his loose style and is the third image his too??? That is a lovely look for a fabric...

Moannie said...

It is a personal thing, taste, isn't it? My choice would be Toulouse Lautrec.
I like to think that my artists put some effort into their work and find Dufy a bit airy fairy, too naive for my taste, along with Chagall, great for decoration. Oh dear, what a Phillistine.

jinksy said...

The beautiful blue of sea and sky attracts me at once, but I hate picking pictures,or poems, to bits to explain why I do or don't like them. The gut reaction is enough for me, and if it swings to the 'I like' marker, then I can happily ponder the work of art for hours.Isn't that enough? Who needs critical appraisal on top?

French Fancy said...

I know these are your pre-planned automated posts and I wasn't going to come back until it you was YOU - in person, hands on keyboard on the same day as the post appearing - but my love of Dufy made me behave otherwise.

We like so many of the same things you WONI. Anyway. hope that things are becoming a bit more tolerable

x

Derrick said...

Hello Fhina,

I've missed a few days!!! But I'm glad I'm here today cos I like these. Paris looks quite dreamy; and the azure coast is too! I shall try to see what I might have missed.

Philip van Bergen said...

That top one could be St Ives in Cornwall.

Chairman Bill said...

Sorry - I was out of character.

As I was saying, that top one could be St Ives in Cornwall.

blognut said...

I love this artist - and that second piece is my favorite.

Why haven't you hung these yet?

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