"DUFY DESSINE LE SUD" (DUFY DEPICTS THE SOUTH)
23/03/19 - 14/07/19
The project for this exhibition came to light thanks to the shared passion of two people: Christian Levett, art collector and founder of the MACM & Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, the expert of Raoul Dufy and author of the artist’s on-going catalogue raisonné.
Dufy drew many landscapes and depictions of life in the South of France during his multiple stays in the region.
A selection of watercolours, paintings and drawings will transport you into the atmospheric representations of festivities & joie-de-vivre that the artist captured so well through the strokes of his pencil or paintbrush.
Whether a celebration or a simple market day, Dufy managed to bring to life the scene he was depicting; in some magical way the artist could almost project the smells, sounds and energy of the moment.
Three books will complete this exhibition.
The Mediterranean coast is also at the heart of two books illustrated by Raoul Dufy: Gustave Coquiot’s “La Terre Frottée d’Ail” and Eugène Montfort’s “La Belle Enfant ou l’Amour à 40 Ans”. The latter was the subject of two editions; 20 copies were published in the first edition of 1918 by Arthème Fayard and 390 in the 1930 edition by Ambroise Vollard.
Number 5/20 of “La Belle Enfant ou l’Amour à 40 Ans “, published in 1918, is illustrated with original watercolours and drawings that Dufy painted and drew on full pages and directly within the text. Eugène Montfort offered this unique piece as a wedding gift to his friend Pierre Lièvre, a great art lover and critic. In the Lièvre family ever since, this is the first time that this exceptional book will be shown to the general public.
Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, curator of the exhibition, and the MACM are extremely grateful for the loans of the artworks that have made the exhibition “DUFY DESSINE LE SUD” possible.
We thank the private collectors, the Musée des Beaux-Arts - ville de Nice, as well as HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco for their immense generosity and trust.
An exhibition catalogue, written by Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, has been published for the occasion.