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La Fee Electricité and Works on Paper by Raoul and Jean Dufy
Raoul Dufy (1877-1953) and Jean Dufy (1888-1964) were French brothers who both made significant contributions to the world of art, each developing a distinctive style within the broader context of modern art movements.
The works selected for this exhibition include subjects ranging from bustling harbor and seaside views, to country scenes, still life works and interior compositions. While the brothers ultimately had diverging styles, they shared a particular fondness for depicting the joyous aspects of life, and his works often exude a sense of celebration and light-heartedness.
Included in the exhibition is a complete set of Raoul (and an uncredited Jean) Dufy’s 10 panel lithograph based on their monumental La Fee Electricité executed for the 1937 World Exposition. The work is a tribute to at least 100 of the great historical scientists and thinkers that ultimately led to the technological advancements of the early 20th Century.
Viewers will enjoy seeing the many aspects of the Dufy brothers’ careers and inspirations. At Electricité, viewers will relish in their recognition of famed thinkers like Archimedes or Nikola Tesla and find joy in the discovery of people they’ve scarcely heard of.
La Fee Electricité
Completed in 1937 and spanning a massive wall at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, Raoul Dufy’s “La Fée Electricité” is a monumental masterpiece depicting the history of electricity and a celebration of technological progress and modernity.
The sheer scale of “La Fée Electricité” is awe-inspiring, measuring over 600 square meters. Dufy collaborated with his brother Jean Dufy and a team of assistants to bring this ambitious vision to life. The mural’s exuberance captures the spirit of the era, embodying the optimism and excitement surrounding technological advancements in the early 20th century. The mural unfolds like a visual narrative, featuring iconic figures such as scientists, inventors, and workers, all contributing to the harnessing of electric power. The juxtaposition of historical events with futuristic elements reflects Dufy’s optimism for the future and his fascination with the possibilities of electricity.
Today, “La Fée Electricité” stands as a testament to the Dufy’s artistic prowess and ability to translate complex themes into a visually stunning and accessible form. It remains a landmark in the history of public art, inviting viewers to contemplate the interplay between art, technology, and human progress.
In 1953 Mourlot published a set of 10 lithographs, reproducing just part of the monumental original, in an edition of 350. Each print is 25” x 41”, and together, they stitch together an homage to over 100 notable figures in the history of science, spanning thousands of years.
Findlay Galleries is excited to be exhibiting a complete set alongside an exhibition of other works on paper by Raoul and Jean Dufy. At Electricité, viewers will relish in their recognition of famed thinkers like Archimedes or Nikola Tesla and find joy in the discovery of people they’ve scarcely heard of.