Exhibition now on display at the Shiodome Art Museum in Japan

Raoul Dufy: Paintings and Textile Designs is currently on display at the Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art, until December 15.

From the exhibition review on the Shiodome Museum:

“This exhibition displays Dufy’s paintings—which gracefully depict scenes of contemporary society—alongside his bold and modern textile designs, which were highly regarded by fashion designers such as Paul Poiret. Through the works included in this exhibition, visitors have the opportunity to reconsider the essence that Dufy intended to produce in his work as he nimbly moved back and forth between two different artistic media.”

Dufy’s scenes of music and social life are filled with a sense of joie de vivre, as can be een in the oil painting Window Opening on Nice, that shows the warm sunlight and calm seas of southern France through the windows of a vibrant hotel room.

Dufy also designed textiles for Lyon-based silk manufacturer Bianchini-Férier from 1912 to 1928. His fabrics became a sensation, charming upper-class women with their vivid colors and bold motifs.

The textile designs and dresses are from the Bianchini-Férier archives—now owned by Dufy-Bianchini—and introduce visitors to Dufy’s design drawings and paintings, original textiles, and prototype prints, as well as clothing made from reproductions of his textiles.


Exhibition highlights

1. A selection of fine paintings from all stages of Dufy’s life loaned from Japanese colections.

This exhibition features a selection of 16 works spanning the entirety of Dufy’s life, from Carnival on the Grands Boulevards, an early work from his art school days, to Bouquet (1951) from his final years. Visitors can view Dufy’s legacy in this special collection, featuring brilliant seascapes, rooms enhanced by scenes framed by windows or paintings, and a series focused on music, including The Yellow Console.

2. A great number of works and materials related to Dufy’s textile designs
The exhibition consists of 116 items, which include textile design drawings and paintings that Dufy created for Bianchini-Férier, authentic original silks, woodblocks, and a sample book. Of note are such works as Shells and Sea Horses and Elephants (Original Design Painting), used by Paul Poiret in his own clothing designs.

3. Twenty garments featuring Dufy’s designs
The exhibition also features a variety of elegant dresses, including Mongi Guibane’s modern reinterpretation of a dress designed by Paul Poiret, glamourous dresses by Christian Lacroix and Olivier Lapidus using textiles designed by Dufy, and costumes for a theater production of My Fair Lady by British costume designer Anthony Powel.


The exhibition has been divided into four themes:

I. Paintings   Joy of Living: Sunshine, the Sea, and Music

II. Encounters with fashion

III. Flowers and Insects

IV. Modernity