When we were in France last month, I was lucky enough to get to see a Raoul Dufy exhibition at a lovely museum in Sete, just a 15 minute drive from where we lived for over 2 years.... and of course, a museum I'd never been to before. Its wonderful to see, in some of the larger provincial towns in France, that they can manage to get a great calibre of exhbitions and artists.
Dufy is one of my favourite artists and his paintings often have a Matisse feel to them. He was a French fauvist painter who was greatly influenced by the Impressionists. His works tended to be vibrant often with brightly coloured large swathes of paint which are drawn. He was also an illustrator, textile designer and well known for his huge murals - a multi-talented guy! What I love about his paintings is the way he seems to throw colour down and then almost scribble into it in a rather slap happy manner. Everything has a slightly wonky look which I relate to rather well!
I do now own two beautiful Dufy books full of many of his paintings (but I did only buy one at the exhibition) - all in French sadly, but I can struggle through enough of the translation to get me by, and of course, most of it is visual anyway!