Paris

Raoul Dufy, La Fée électricité (The Electricity Fairy), 1937, oil on wood, 32' 9 3/4“ x 196' 10 1/4”.

Raoul Dufy, La Fée électricité (The Electricity Fairy), 1937, oil on wood, 32' 9 3/4“ x 196' 10 1/4”.

Paris

Raoul Dufy

Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris
11 avenue du Président Wilson
October 16, 2008–January 11, 2009

Curated by Sophie Krebs

Once seen as among the masters of the School of Paris, Raoul Dufy was oft mentioned in the same breath as Picasso, Matisse, or Bonnard, but by now his reputation as a superficially tasteful and stylish crowd-pleaser seems inexpugnable, even though the crowds have turned elsewhere. This retrospective of some 250 works produced between 1898 and 1952 will include decorative confections such as textiles and ceramics, in addition to paintings, drawings, and prints—not to mention the Musée’s collection centerpiece and one of the largest murals of the modernist era, 1937’s La Fée electricité (The Electricity Fairy). Emphasizing the diversity of Dufy’s output, the show aims to reestablish the French artist’s stature. Ready for cheerful boating scenes on the Côte d’Azur?