Jean Dufy

Jean Dufy
01.01.1888 (Le Havre, France) - 01.01.1964

Nationality: French


Jean Dufy was born in Le Havre in 1888, the seventh of eleven children. He was blessed with the gene of creativity: his father was an accountant in a metallurgy company as well as a talented amateur musician, and his older brother was Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). From the age of 14, Jean began to demonstrate his artistic capabilities, encouraged by his brother Raoul and Raoul’s friend Othon Friesz (1879-1949).

He began by painting theatre sets and then enrolled in l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts du Havre, where he studied under his brother, Friesz and Georges Braque. He later left his studies and joined his brother in Paris who remained his true teacher for the rest of his life. In 1920, he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, and later in the 1950s he travelled extensively, although often returning to his hometown of Le Havre and to his mother's birthplace of Honfleur.

Jean Dufy's paintings, exhibiting a fluid rhythm revealed in deep blues, animated reds and greens, and lively yellows are highly regarded in the world of post-impressionism. He passed away on the 12th of May 1964, in La Boissière, a hamlet near the village of Boussay, two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie.


Work by Jean Dufy is represented in the collections of diverse museums, to name a few: the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Madison Museum of Fine Art in Georgia, Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art, Indianapolis and the Harvard University Art Museum in Massachusetts.

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