Bouquet (Frontispiece), 1956
Dufy’s work is characterized by brightly coloured drawings suiting the glittering scenes of luxury and pleasure he favoured; the accessibility of his work lent itself to commercial advertising and was widely copied as a result. Dufy died at Forcalquier in 1953 and was buried near Matisse in Cimiez, a suburb of the city of Nice.
Published in 1956 by Roland Dorgelès and dedicated to the memory of his friend Raoul Dufy who had died in 1953.
This is one of only 12 copies on Japon nacré paper.
Dorgelès chose 24 Dufy watercolours to accompany the text. They were reinterpreted as wood engravings by the master engraver Jacques Beltrand. During 2 years of intensive work, Beltrand engraved over 400 blocks, a separate block being required for every colour on each image. The finished work needed 140,000 passes through the press.
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