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Raoul Dufy

Le Grand Concert - II e Festival de Peinture et Sculpture (after) Raoul Dufy, 1957

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Artist: Raoul Dufy

Medium: Lithographic Poster, 1957

Dimensions: 29.5 x 19.5 in / 75 x 49.5 cm

Classic Poster Paper - Perfect Condition A

This lithographic poster was designed after a gouache by Raoul Dufy, "Le Grand Concert" 1948, for the second Festival of Painting and Sculpture in 1957 in the town of Vichy, France, which was sponsored by the Lions Club International. 

Grand Concert is one of a series of orchestral scenes that Raoul Dufy commenced at the beginning of the 1940s. Born into a musical family – Dufy’s father was a part-time organist and church choir conductor, and two of his brothers were musicians – the artist was immersed in the world of music from an early age, and had first depicted an orchestra in 1902.

Depicting the orchestra from above, Dufy has painted an array of musicians in the middle of their performance. Painted with rich tones of red and yellow, Grand orchestre demonstrates the artist’s distinctive use of colour: over broad swathes of colour, Dufy has drawn the outlines of figures and their instruments, creating the compositional structure of the scene. Like notes on a musical score, the rows of performers, including violinists, flutists and cellists, are depicted in a frenetic flurry of lines, giving a sense of animated movement and dynamism to the painting.


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