Monday, July 1, 2013

Modern Print Monday: Raoul Dufy

Fleurs (Flowers)
By Raoul Dufy

Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) is best known as a painter affiliated with groups known as the Fauves and the Cubists, but he also was a professional fabric designer working with Paul Poiret. 

 La Perse coat

This velvet coat designed by Paul Poiret gives you an idea of the print's scale. The Metropolitan Museum of Art owns La Perse (The Persian) coat. See it here in color:

Detail of a Dufy painting done about the same time as the textile design.
The Park of St. Cloud

Many of Dufy's prints translate the boldness of monochromatic woodcuts to fabric. A Dufy quote:
"Paintings have spilled from their frames and stained our dress and our walls."

See a post about Dufy at The Blue Lantern blog:


  1. I don't have a degree in art or history but I am enjoying your posts and the historic photos and references. Keep up the good work!

  2. Very interesting review, thank you. We are also big fans of Raoul Dufy, but just recently came across his brother Jean's work, have you seen it?
    Was Jean wrongly ignored for the similarity in style?
    More here about their tricky relationship and some pics.