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The Henley Regatta

Painting, 1933, 65.5×49.5 cm

Description of the artwork «The Henley Regatta»

Royal Henley regatta is held in England since 1839. The regatta is traditionally loved by the aristocrats. In 1933-1934 Dufy spent several months in England and has not changed his passion for the holidays, beauty and lightness. Its this repeatedly reproached, they say, flies in perfect dreams, cut off from life and all that stuff... Raoul Dufy said that people love the holidays, and why not love the artist? Dufy put the blame a lot of inconsistencies and liberties in this picture. In fact, the Thames doesn't look like it, looks so The Mediterranean sea in nice!

The Bank of the Thames, in principle, can not be bent, as shown at Dufy. And, more importantly, where would the English race to take the Venetian gondola (center, just above the signatures)? But Dufy did not make the art coverage! He portrayed the occasion of idleness, the enjoyment of life, leisure. Being from a family of the petty bourgeoisie and not showing even in the period of glory of the desire to get into the upper strata of society, Raoul Dufy loved to depict high society. Joy, carefree, cheerful, carefree, not worried about the everyday issues people are favorite characters of Raoul Dufy.

English flags at the top of the picture looks disproportionately large, they seem to be hanging straight in the sky. By and large, the water here is not like the Thames and even on the sea and on a pretty small lake in an English manor. Contrast with huge flags attached special intimacy of what is happening beneath them. Human figures and sailing vessels depicted in the beloved manner Dufy – marked with light graceful lines, painted a bold and shining like a sloppy strokes. In this world, there will be problems, wars and even sharp riots of the exchange rate. It all happens easily, pleasantly, with the sense of joy of life and the "like negligence," which is grace and which is so skillfully was owned by Raoul Dufy.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Marina, Fantasy

Technique: Gouache, Pencil

Materials: Paper

Date of creation: 1933

Size: 65.5×49.5 cm

Artwork in selections: 4 selections

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