Helene Bailly Gallery

Raoul Dufy (Le Havre 1877-1953 Forcalquier)
Compotier, bananes et fruits sur un entablement, 1905
Oil on canvas
81 x 95 cm, framed: 109 x 123 cm
Signed in orange lower left: Raoul Dufy. Annotated from the artist's sister on the edge: Peinture de mon frère Raoul Dufy exécutée en 1905 - Germaine DUFY
Certificate of authenticity issued by Germaine Dufy, the artist's sister June 28 1967. Certificate of authenticity issued by Mrs Fanny Guillon-Laffaille dated November 2nd 2017
Provenance: collection of the artist's sister, Germaine
Literature: this work will be included in the second supplément du Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre peint de Raoul Dufy being prepared by Mrs Fanny Guillon-Laffaille

At the 1905 Salon des Indépendants, where he exhibited, Raoul Dufy discovered Henri Matisse's painting "Luxe, calme et volupté", 1904 which was a revelation to him : "In front of this painting, I understood the whole new reasons of painting and to me, the Impressionist realism lost its charm to the contemplation of the miracle of imagination introduced in drawing and color. I instantly understood the new pictorial mechanics."

With the famous "cage aux fauves" of the Salon d'Automne, where Matisse, Derain, Vlaminck and their friends were exhibiting, Raoul Dufy understood what Fauvism offered in terms of individual surpassing and freedom.

The artist therefore pulled away from Impressionism and turned to this new plastic vocabulary like shown in our still life "Compotier, bananes et fruits sur un entablement", 1905, which clearly reveals the color release. The artist dared violent contrasts without losing sight of figuration.

Our work also echoes Paul Gauguin's work in which Dufy discovered the use of pure and saturated colors, applied in partitioned areas hence denying perspective.

Marking a definitive distance with realistic depiction of the motif, the brief period of Dufy's Fauvist experimentations launched his theory of the color-light.

"I was spontaneously driven towards which was to become my real concern. I had discovered my system of which theory is as follows : by following the sunlight, we lose our time. The light of painting is quite a different thing. It's a light of distribution, composition and light-color. » Raoul Dufy.