Raoul Dufy

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Raoul Dufy (räōōl´ düfē´), 1877–1953, French painter, illustrator, and decorator, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. After meeting Matisse he abandoned his early impressionist style and turned c.1905 to the more spontaneous expression of fauvism. For a time he designed fabrics for the dressmaker Paul Poiret and illustrated books, including the writings of Apollinaire, Mallarmé, and Gide. Using swift, stenographic brushstrokes, he developed a remarkable linear virtuosity and brilliant color. Typical is his watercolor The Palm (Mus. of Modern Art, New York City).

See biography by R. Cogniat (1962); study by A. Werner (1970).

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Dufy, Raoul (1877–1953) French painter. He was associated with impressionism and fauvism, and is famous for his decorative racing and boating scenes. His work has great appeal because of its exuberant simplicity.