Ascot by Raoul Dufy




Raoul Dufy

Ref GM3130
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 15" x 11" (38 x 28 cm)
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From the beginning of the 1920s, the pageantry of the racecourse became one of Dufy’s favourite themes. The artist frequented the horse races with leading creators of fashion such as Paul Poiret and Bianchini, who prodded the artist to study the fashionable ladies and gentlemen in attendance. Friends who accompanied Dufy on his expeditions to the track recalled at this time he became more interested in the colours of the horses and jockeys, their movement, and the animation of the spectators in the crowd. While the sketch-like quality of this painting might suggest Dufy made it in just a few minutes, nothing could be further from the truth. He would go out and sketch a scene and then, in the quiet of his studio, use his drawings to work on the painting. His real challenge was to keep the immediacy, spontaneity and movement of his sketches in the finished piece.