Jean Dufy (French, 1888–1964) was born in Le Havre in 1888, the seventh of 11 children, including well-known artist Raoul Dufy. His father was an accountant in a metallurgy company, as well as a talented amateur musician. In 1912, Dufy moved to Paris, and grew acquainted with André Derain, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, and Guillaume Apollinaire.

In 1916, after briefly working with his brother for the textile painting studio of the famous Bianchini-Férier company in Lyon, Dufy began a 30-year career of decorating porcelain for Théodore Haviland in Limoges.

In 1920, Dufy settled in Montmartre. Amid this intense artistic scene, the artist developed his skills as a colorist. He also met some of the great musicians of the day, and his work increasingly reflected the marriage of art and music. He created scenes of musicians and orchestras, with his figures often taking on the shapes and placements of musical notes. He was also inspired by circuses and clowns. In the following years, Dufy’s return visits to Le Havre inspired many colorful landscapes. For the 1937 World’s Fair, the general manager of the Paris electricity distribution company commissioned Dufy and his brother to decorate the electricity pavilion.

Between 1950 and 1960, Dufy traveled widely in Europe and North Africa. However, Paris remained his favorite subject, and he continued to draw the parks, the Eiffel Tower, street life, and the Seine.

Dufy passed away on May 12, 1964, in La Boissière in the village of Boussay.

Today, Dufy’s works can be found in the collections of the most prestigious museums in Europe and the United States, including the Musée national d’Art moderne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Albertina Museum in Vienna, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the MoMA in New York.

Exhibitions

2014
Galerie Jacques Bailly, Paris, France (solo)
2011
Galerie Jacques Bailly, Paris, France (solo)
2011
Raoul et Jean Dufy, Complicité et rupture, Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France
2009
American International Fine Art Fair, West Palm Beach, FL, USA (solo)
2002
Galerie Jacques Bailly, Paris, France (solo)
1987
Soufer Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1982
Boston Art Museum, Boston, MA, USA
1969
The Chase Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1968–1969
Wally Findlay Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA (solo)
1967
Raoul Dufy - Jean Dufy, Galerie Reine, New York, NY, USA
1966
Hofstra University, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, USA (solo)
1964
The Marble Arch Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1961
Recent Paintings, Hammer Galleries New York, NY, USA (solo)
1958
Galerie Abels, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1957
Hammer Galleries, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1957
Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Canada (solo)
1956
Galerie Barreiro Stiebel, Paris, France (solo)
1955
Van Diemen-Lillienfeld Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1953
Perls Galleries, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1952
James Vigeveno Galleries, Westwood Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA (solo)
1951
Niveau Gallery, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1950
Georges de Braux, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA (solo)
1948
Old Paris Gallery, Boston, MA, USA (solo)
1948
Galerie Jos. Hessel, Paris, France (solo)
1947–1948
Georges de Braux Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA (solo)
1939
Galerie A Barreiro, Paris, France (solo)
1938–1939
The Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, USA
1938
Perls Galleries, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1930
Balzac Galleries, New York, NY, USA (solo)
1929
Galerie Bing et Cie, Paris, France (solo)
1927
Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées in the Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
1925
Galerie Vavin-Raspail (February 4 to 20) Paris, France (solo)
1923
Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées in the Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
1914
Galerie Berthe Weill, Paris, France (solo)