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Raoul Dufy

La Fee Electricite - (after) Raoul Dufy, 1972

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Artist: Raoul Dufy

Medium: Lithograph, 1972

Dimensions: 27.75 x 21 in; 70.49 x 53.34 cm

Arches Paper - Good Condition A

This lithograph is reproduced from a detail of Raoul Dufy's mural painting located in the Palais de Tokyo, at the Trocadero in Paris. This huge fresco was donated to the Musée d’Art Moderne by Électricité de France and installed in 1964. It depicts the gods of Olympus and 110 scientists, from Aristotle to Pierre Curie, who were associated with electricity.

Like Fernand Léger, Robert Delaunay, and several other artists, Raoul Dufy was commissioned to paint huge frescoes for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris. His commission was for the slightly curved wall of the entrance to the Pavillon de la Lumière et de l’Électricité (“Pavilion of Light and Electricity”), built by Robert Mallet-Stevens on the Champ de Mars.

In this case, the image was reproduced by Mourlot Master Printer Charles Sorlier who had executed the original lithographic edition in 1953. That edition of 350, was a reduced facsimile of Dufy's 1937 mural published by Pierre Berès, Paris. It was entirely supervised by Raoul Dufy, who could no longer paint due to his rheumatoid arthritis. This lithograph is was created for a poster at the Galerie Dina Vierny, and a small edition was printed on Arches paper before lettering. 

Ed. 50 on Arches before lettering. 500 as a poster.

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