Raoul Dufy 1877-1953
N04850 Oliviers au Golfe Juan (Olive Trees by the Golfe Juan) c.1927
Inscribed 'Raoul Dufy' b.r.
Watercolour on paper, 20 x 26 (50.5 x 66)
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1936
Prov: With St George's Gallery, London (purchased in Paris); Miss A.F. Brown, London, 1928; CAS 1936
Exh: French Water-Colours, St George's Gallery, London, October 1928 (26) as 'Oliviers au Golfe Juan'; Acquisitions of the CAS, Tate Gallery, September-October 1946 (102a)
Repr: John Russell, From Sickert to 1948 (London 1948), pl.42; Alfred Werner, Raoul Dufy (London 1970), p.28
When Dufy was shown a photograph of this work in 1951, he inscribed it on the back 'Environs de Vallauris | Alpes Maritimes | vers 1927' (near Vallauris, Alpes Maritimes, about 1927). Vallauris is situated on a hill about a mile and a half from the Golfe Juan.
Maurice Laffaille in the second volume of his catalogue raisonné, Raoul Dufy (Geneva 1973), lists and reproduces eight oil paintings of the Golfe Juan (Nos.474-82), all said to have been painted in 1927, and seven of Vallauris (Nos.483-9): four as painted in 1927 and one each as painted in 1926, 1928 and 1929. However none of these shows quite the same view as this watercolour. He adds (in a letter of 3 October 1975) that there are also at least ten other watercolours of the region of the Golfe Juan, all dating between 1923 and 1927.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.195, reproduced p.195