Dufy Violin Yellow Console

Dufy Violin Yellow Console
Dufy Violin Yellow Console

Music is a very common theme throughout the pictorial production of Raoul Dufy. Something that perhaps was due to the fact that since he was a child he listened to a lot of music in her house, since her father was extraordinarily fond of it.

The thing is that in his paintings we can often see orchestras, bands, street musicians and also instruments that are part of or star in his still lifes. This is the case in this work en titledYellow Console with Violinthat he painted in 1949 and is currently on display at theArt Gallery of Ontario, Canada.


Dufy Violin Yellow Console

This is a work that is very representative of the late period of Dufy. In the paintings of previous decades, the artist has insistently played with matters of perspective. However, this matter will lose interest for him in the 40s. From then on he is much more in favor of painting flatter images, and to which he prefers to endow them with ornamental elements, giving a decorative value to his painting, than before. he hadn't been that worried.

Furthermore, while he stops worrying about perspective and depth, his colorful character from the past disappears, linked to Fauvism, clearly visible in early works such as Posters de Trouville or in later ones such as the Henley Regatta.

We see how yourcolor palette becomes much simpler. In fact, in this painting you can see that everything is made up of blue, white, black, and above all an intense yellow color.

And very curiously, since color has always dominated Dufy's work, in this painting we can admire that he was an excellent draftsman. That is evident in many of his paintings, but here it is evident, for example, in the silhouette of the violin, and especially in the score. Which really looks like a musical manuscript, although the truth is that it is unreadable and makes no sense.

Let's go back to that violin that appears in many of his still lifes. Something that is due not only to his appreciation for this instrument, but also to the decorative character provided by its design and its attractive curves.

And also in his still lifes it is not strange that period furniture appears, as in this case thatLouis XV style console table. A console that the truth is that it was in the artist's own studio. Located in a corner, to which he would possibly look repeatedly to notice its curvilinear forms and the arabesques of the cabinetry. Something that he later transfers to the painting, giving it a lot of prominence.

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