Shortly after 1900 Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was counted amongst the leading avant-gardists in Paris. Initially inspired by impressionism, he soon became part of fauvism. After which he experimented with cubism for a short while. When World War I had ended he quickly adopted his own style, characterised by a strong colourful palette, dynamic lines and a light tone. This style made Dufy the main representative of ‘joie de vivre’. His light-footed paintings and watercolours are irresistible because of their bright colours, characteristic brushwork and cheerful everyday subjects.
Dufy pictured the careless, sophisticated life of horse races, sailing regattas, operas and casinos. Beside paintings and watercolours, Dufy also produced woodcarvings and lithographs. And he was an important fabric designer, who left a lasting mark on the fashion world of the first halve of the 20th century. From 1911 onward, Dufy had a successful collaboration with the progressive couturier Paul Poiret. He provided over five thousand fabric patterns for renowned silk manufacturer Bianchini-Férier of Lyon, some of which are still in production.
The majority of the artworks on display belong to the collection of one passionate private collector. This generous art lover aims to share his passion with a large audience. This collection has been on display in museums in Belgium, Luxembourg, Japan and the United States. Now, Singer Laren proudly presents the first overview in 60 years of Raoul Dufy in the Netherlands.