T03565 Open Window at Saint-Jeannet c.1926–7
Gouache on paper 25 3/4 × 20 (656 × 507)
Inscribed ‘Raoul Dufy’ b.r.
Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Prov: Reid and Lefevre; Mrs Kessler
Exh: The Kessler Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, October–November 1948 (15, as ‘The Open Window’); The Kessler Bequest, Tate Gallery, February–April 1984 (not numbered, repr.)
Lit: Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, Raoul Dufy: Catalogue Raisonné des Aquarelles, Gouaches et Pastels, Paris, 1982, 11, no.1514, p.166, repr. as ‘Fenêtre ouverte à Saint-Jeannet’
Saint-Jeannet is in the south of France, near Vence in the Alpes-Maritimes, and is situated half-way up a hillside. Dufy painted at least eleven oils of this village (including the Tate's ‘The Baou de Saint-Jeannet’ 1923) and about the same number of watercolours, all apparently on various short visits over the period 1920–7. This would clearly have been one of the later works and can be dated on style c. 1926–7.
He also painted a small number of other views through open windows from apartments in Vence, Cannes, Nice, Paris and elsewhere.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986