Yachts in the Port of Deauville (Yachts dans le Port de Deauville)

Creation date
oil on canvas
23-3/4 x 28-3/4 in.
Credit line
The Lockton Collection
Accession number
Currently On View In
William L. and Jane H. Fortune Gallery - H200

After an intense period working in the brilliant colors of Fauvism, Dufy developed an elegant, decorative approach to painting that has the freshness of a watercolor sketch.

This canvas, from his mature period, shows a resort on the Normandy coast of France not far from his hometown. Within the grey-blue color scheme of the port, only a few objects of intense local color stand out, such as the French flag and the decks of the yachts. Shapes are defined with energetic lines that convey the artist's enthusiasm for the sea. Dufy's rapidly rendered, sketch-like style captures the harbor's constantly shifting forms and colors, as well as its animated mood.

Purchased from the artist by Dr. A. Roudinesco [1883-1974], Paris; sale at (Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York) in 1968;{1} Richard C. Lockton [1905-1985], Indianapolis; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1970 (70.75).

{1}Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, School of Paris Paintings from the Collection of Doctor Roudinesco, 10 October 1968, lot no. 62 (ill.). For information on Roudinesco’s collection see also “Racontez Docteur Roudinesco,” Connaissance des Arts, no. 204 (February 1969): 68-73.
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