Jean Dufy Biography

Jean Dufy




Jean Dufy was born in 1888 in Le Havre, France. Dufy worked as a clerk for an overseas import business and also served as secretary on a transatlantic liner, "La Savoie," which traveled between New York and Le Havre. While working at these jobs, he becamse fascinated with modernist artists such as Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.

He became a student at l'Ecole des Beaux Arts, but he moved to Paris with his brother. In 1910, Jean Dufy served in the military until 1912. While in Paris he became associated with cubist painters, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. In 1914, Dufy began to exhibit his watercolor paintings at the Berthe Weill Gallery. That same year he was drafted for an additional military service, and he painted many landscape scenes while being stationed throughout France.

Jean Dufy worked briefly with his brother in a studio doing textile painting and porcelain decoration in 1916. Jean received the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts gold medal in 1925 for a set of porcelain decorations. By 1920, he was a member of the Salon d'Automne, where he exhibited in 1920, 1923, 1924, 1927 and 1932.

Dufy died on May 12, 1964 in a French village of Boussay.


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