* DUFY, Raoul (1877-1953). Autograph letter signed ("Raoul Dufy"), in French, to Mrs. Bignou. Ceret, [May 1940].
2 pages, 4to, on blue paper, creased. Writing Mrs. Bignou, an art dealer, at the outset of WWII, Dufy reports that he found an apartment in Ceret and is settling in: "I am going like the devil to gather color materials, etc., because I think that it will be hard to find them later. That is why it is necessary for me to part with the finished water-colors, for I need money to continue and to accomplish the plan which we have made." The village of Ceret and the harbor at Collioure were places of refuge for Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, George Braque and Juan Gris in the early 1910s. After World War I, a second wave of artists landed in Ceret, icluding Chaim Soutine, Raoul Dufy, and poet Jean Cocteay. After World War II, a third wave of artists made their way, including Marc Chagall, Jean Dubuffet, and Tristan Tzara. It was known as a mecca for Cubists and Fauvists, who drew influence from the dark earth tones of Ceret and the Mediterranean light of Collioure, respectively.
Estimate $ 600-800
Property from the Robert L. McKay Collection, North Tustin, California