Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) was a draftsman, stage decorator, fabric designer, book illustrator and ceramicist. Born in Le Havre, Dufy studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts. His early work was influenced by the paintings of the Impressionists.

It was Dufy's discovery of Matisse's work in 1905 that led him to leave Impressionism behind and develop a distinctive, almost calligraphic style. He began painting outdoors in the South of France, combining the color of the Fauves with the flat angular compositions of Cezanne.

After World War I Dufy focused on subjects such as regattas, casinos, palm trees and racecourses. In spite of severe arthritis, Dufy painted until his death, producing the elegant landscapes, seascapes and witty views of society for which he is so well remembered.