Tellingly, Raoul Dufy's most grandiose work was an homage to electricity created for the 1937 Exposition Internationale in Paris. To electricity.
Dufy's paintings are endearingly ebullient. I suppose endearingly so for those who wish to see the world and all its polo ponies and Monte Carlo yachts through rose-coloured glasses, which I generally do (and as Dufy himself explicitly did).
What a feast! As Gertrude Stein wrote: ‘Raoul Dufy est plaisir’.
Dufy also did these incredible fashion illustrations for the Gazette du Bon Ton and Paul Poiret.
Oh to be a man of leisure in Paris of the mid-thirties hobnobbing with Gertrude Stein and wearing white under the trees in July...