Jean Dufy - the circus artist


The circus / Le cirque (1927) by Jean Dufy

Jean Dufy, was the younger brother of Raoul Dufy, celebrated artist of the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, and like his brother would paint his canvases in gay, sparkling colours, in the manner of the fauvists, or 'Wild Beasts'.

Jean clearly had an attraction for the circus, as many of his paintings depict the splendour and spectacle of circus life under the big top. 

Jean Dufy painting of circus clowns

He also painted city scenes, including Paris and London, as well as his home town of Le Havre.

Vue de Paris, Tour Eiffel by Jean Dufy

Tower Bridge (London) by Jean Dufy


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