Description & Technical information

This wonderful gouache was part of the guestbook of the restaurant
"Chez Marianne" in Montmartre in which many artists signed and dedicated
works, including Raoul Dufy, Léonard Tsuguharu-Foujita, Jean Cocteau,
Pablo Gargallo, Charles Gesmar, Guy Arnoux or Paul Jouve.
This book
also included dedications of various celebrities spanning almost 30
years between 1922 and 1951, with: Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Chevalier,
Jules Massenet, Abel Gance, Paul Poiret, Hansi, Reynaldo Hahn, Jules
Romains, Sacha Guitry, Mistinguette, etc.

On this watercolour,
Dufy depicts a particularly striking dedication, occupying two pages by a
large and sparkling landscape of Paris. All the iconic monuments of the
city are recognizable: the Sacré-Coeur, the Arc de Triomphe, the
Madeleine, the Opéra Garnier, Notre-Dame-de-Paris, the Sorbonne, the
Panthéon, the Bastille... but also the old Palais du Trocadéro, built
for the Universal Exhibition in 1878, which had not been replaced, in
1927, by the Art Deco building of Chaillot, that still stands on the
hill today. The majestuous Eiffel tower, crowned by a French flag,
dominates the composition.

Date:  1927
Period:  20th century
Origin:  Suisse
Medium: Gouache on paper
Dimensions: 30.3 x 43.8 cm (11⁷/₈ x 17¹/₄ inches)
Literature: This work will be included in the forthcoming supplément of the
Catalogue Raisonné des aquarelles, gouaches et pastels de Raoul Dufy,
being prepared by Mrs Fanny Guillon-Laffaille. Attestation of inclusion
dated January 12th 2011.

Exhibitions: Le Paris de Raoul Dufy, Musée de Montmartre, 8 October 2020 - 11 April 2021 (loan request).