Casino At Nice, 1936
|Title||Casino At Nice, 1936|
|Paper Size (W x H)||33 x 24 ins|
By the time that Dufy painted 'Casino at Nice' in 1936, he had already experimented with painting in the Fauvist and Cubist styles, as well as designing for the decorative arts such as ceramics, fabrics and wallpapers. His reputation was firmly established and his cheerful oils and watercolours depicted events of the time including yachting scenes, sparkling views of the French Riviera, glamourous parties and musical events. His light and airy style had also won him many awards including the Carnegie Prize and the International Grand Prix for paintings at the Venice Biennale.
Dufy’s love of colour and line came to him when he noticed that painted lines on a canvas would move more rapidly than colour and that the human eye perceives the sensation of colour more easily. Dufy then used rapid-fire short lines in his paintings and experimented with broad bands of colour, which would often move outside of delineated shapes. The overall effect was a lively and vibrant composition, which danced with line and colour.
Dufy found great joy in depicting public occasions with their pomp and ceremony and his background in the decorative arts lent itself to this type of subject matter. Some critics argue that his paintings are too decorative and lack substance whilst others say that they simply express a joy of living.
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Raoul Dufy was a brilliant draughtsman and an inspired colourist. He was very thoughtful and reasoning as well as sensual and intuitive. It was during his first job as a clerk for a firm of coffee importers that Dufy began to paint, taking evening classes at the Ecole des Beaux Arts.Find out more