Jean Dufy (1888-1964)

Jean Dufy

Praised by French critics in the 1920s and 30s, included in the collections of the most prestigious museums in Europe and the United States (Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Albertina Museum in Vienna, The Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA in New York), regularly exhibited in leading galleries, Jean Dufy has nonetheless endured brief moments of relative obscurity in the art world’s collective memory.

Over the past few years, the public has rediscovered Jean Dufy through various events and publications dedicated to the painter at the initiative of Jacques Bailly. These include an exhibition at the Musée Marmottan Monet, monographs published by Editions Hazan and Magellan & Cie, a commemorative stamp issued by the French post office, and finally creation of new porcelain models by Haviland.

As a tribute to the life’s work of Jean Dufy, which has now received legitimate recognition, Jacques Bailly is preparing Volume III of his catalogue raisonné, a continuation of the first two volumes published in 2002 and 2010. This publication will rightfully renew the prominence of an artist whose varied sources of inspiration and innate sense of color and composition could no longer be overlooked.

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