La fée électricité

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Immerse yourself in the major work of Raoul Dufy on show at the Musée d'Art Moderne of the City of Paris. The book tells the story of its history and reveals the mysterious work that is La Fée Electricité?

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Raoul Dufy was a great French painter of the 20th century. He was also a printmaker, book illustrator, fashion designer, decorator and ceramist. La Fée Électricité was created for the Electricity Pavilion at the 1937 International Exhibition. Considered by the architect of the pavilion as a decorative painting (measuring 600 m2!), it was only to be a temporary work. From the beginning, Dufy made public the intense work required to create such a piece, which was in fact the largest painting in the world. The result of vast research that led Dufy from his period of fauvism to developing his theory of colour-light, La Fée Électricité was also the beginning of a new chapter for the painter. An ode to electricity and modern life, the painting is Raoul Dufy's tribute to light and to the painters who have sought to express its many variations.

Martine Contensou - Publisher: Paris Musées - Collection: Petites Capitales - Number of pages: 71 - Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 1

Musée d’Art moderne

The City of Paris Museum of Modern Art
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Located in the Palais de Tokyo, built for the 1937 international exhibition, the museum was inaugurated in 1961. Its rich collections contain over 9,000 works illustrating the 20th century''s major art movements: Fauvism, Cubism, School of Paris, Abstractions, New Realism, Narrative Figuration, Conceptual Art? Temporary exhibitions, a fundamental part of the museum''s activity, focus on the most important artists and influential movements of the 20th century in Europe. The programme also addresses current developments on the national and international scene through monographic or themed exhibitions.