10 September 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 33,750
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
Jean Dufy (1888-1964)
Les ballets de Katherine Dunham
signed 'Jean Dufy' (lower right)
gouache and watercolor on paper laid down on board
18¾ x 24½ in. (47.6 x 62.2 cm.)
Painted circa 1945
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Jacques Bailly will include this painting in a forthcoming volume of his Jean Dufy catalogue raisonné.
Katherine Dunham, pioneering dancer, choreographer, teacher and author, introduced much of the black heritage in dance to the stage. She appeared on Broadway and founded the Dunham School of Dance and Theater in New York in 1945, and continues to be celebrated for both her contributions to dance and her philanthropy since her death in 2006.
Jean Dufy's interest in music inspired his many depictions of pianists, orchestras and performers such as Miss Dunham's. These colorful music-themed works are now among the most sought-after works in his oeuvre.
Wally Findlay Galleries, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1971.
J. Bailly, Jean Dufy: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre, Paris, 2002, vol. I, p. 287, no. J.552 (illustrated in color).