Lot 6: RAOUL DUFY, (FRENCH, 1877-1953), "CHEZ LE PACHA"
December 6, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
"CHEZ LE PACHA"
Signed bottom right, watercolor on paper.
Executed in 1926.
20 x 26 in. (50.8 x 66cm)
Galerie Jean-Claude Bellier, Paris, France.
Collection of Albert Croquez, Paris, France.
By family descent.
Private Collection, Pennsylvania.
Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, Raoul Dufy, Catalogue raisonné des aquarelles, gouaches et pastels, Paris, 1982, vol. II, catalogue no. 340 (illustrated).
With light stainting and the sheet toned and slightly darkenend. The colors slightly faded. The sheet is slightly rippled at upper left corner. With foxing evident on recto and verso variously thoughout, the greatest concentration of which is found in the upper left in the area of the left archway, in the bottom right in the area surrounding the signature and at upper center right. With some minor cracking and flecks of loss in a few of the blue tiles at bottom left and several very small areas of loss to the top layer of the white pigment in the area just above tiles. Also a few minute flecks of loss in the dark blue horizontal lines to left of the central arch at top center and in the mosaic area at right. Sheet is adhered to the overmat with brown paper tape all along the edges verso.
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Raoul Dufy first travelled to Morocco in 1925, along with famed French couturier Paul Poiret. Dufy and Poiret shared an enduring creative relationship, frequently collaborating on textile patterns and designs. Like many artists of the time, both men were enthralled by the imagined exoticism of the Far East and the promise of the myriad visual inspirations it could provide. When they arrived in Morocco, Dufy and Poiret were greeted as guests by the Pacha of Marrakech, Thami El Glaoui. Wealthy, powerful and famously charming, he was widely renowned for his hospitality and entertaining, and he welcomed the artists into his home.
Both men were surely dazzled by the Pacha''s extravagant lifestyle, but the architecture and arts of Morocco would likely have had an even more significant resonance for them. Dufy in particular painted multiple works depicting his time in Marrakech. Many of these - like the present example - specifically record the magnificently adorned interiors of the traditional Moroccan home of the lavish leader. Devoted to rhythmic lines, evocative color and decorative surface effects, Dufy would have found fertile creative ground amongst the patterns and designs he observed in Marrakech. This inspiration is clearly evident in "Chez Le Pacha." The balletic lines of its archways, the use of brilliant colors and the delicate, staccato arabesques of the mosaics that embellish the walls all point to Dufy''s joy in reveling in the unique beauty that surrounded him in this exotic land.