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Raoul Dufy (1877-1953)
France
La Normandie, ca. 1936-40
Oil on panel
15 x 18 1/4 in. (38.1 x 46.4 cm)
Gift of Charles and Robert Westheimer, 1986.1282

Signed lower right: "Raoul Dufy"

Description:
The lower portion of the painting includes a view of the Seine River flanked by houses. A small boat with billowing smoke flows up the river. A tall thin tree is on the right and several sailboats are on the left. The painting was a sketch for Dufy's mural La Seine, l'Oise et la Marne, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Provenance:

    Madame Marcelle Oury, Paris, sold to [1]
     
Until 1961:   (Galerie Rosengart, Lucerne, Switzerland, sold to [2])
     
1961:   Irwin F. Westheimer [1879-1980], Cincinnati, by descent to [3]
     
1979-1986:   Robert and Charles Westheimer, Cincinnati, given to
     
1986-present:   Cincinnati Art Museum


Notes:
[1] Oury was a close friend of Dufy and may have acquired the painting directly from him.

[2] A letter from Galerie Rosengart states that the gallery acquired the painting from Oury. Letter received by the CAM February 25, 1987.

[3] A notation in the curatorial file indicates Westheimer bought the painting in Palm Beach, Florida; however, a letter from Galerie Rosengart identifies they sold the painting to Westheimer in 1961. Letter received February 25, 1987, CAM curatorial file.

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