Watercolour on drawing paper depicting the vineyards around Saint-Tropez. In this work, the artist uses very personal colours. The blue of the sky spreads over the mountains, the colour of which is inherited from Fauvism. This Mediterranean blue runs throughout the work, linking the three horizontal planes.
S. b. d. : " A. Dunoyer de Segonzac"
At sight: Height: 18 in. Width: 24 ¼ in.
Framed: Height: 30 in. Width: 35 in.
Through drawing, painting, engraving and watercolour, Dunoyer de Segonzac has created a body of work spanning 75 years. His work bears the imprint of a free gesture that eschews all convention. This taste for freedom and the movement of the body is reflected in his interest in dance, as evidenced by the drawings and sets he created for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Acknowledged in his day, he associated with such luminaries as the painters Paul Signac, Raoul Dufy and André Derain, the fashion designer Paul Poiret, and the writers Paul Valéry and Émile Verhaeren. It was Signac who, in 1908, invited him to discover the South of France, including Saint-Tropez. Enthusiastic about his work, the artist composed still lifes, landscapes and faces, diversifying his palette and textures, searching for the nuance that would revive the harmony of the whole, and the luminous effect that would help create a special atmosphere. His strokes breathe life into his forms and make his compositions vibrant. Sincerity and the simple pleasures of life accompany the man and the artist, who are one and the same. At the end of his life, he was considered "one of the greatest personalities of contemporary art" (Jean Melas Kyriazi, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, sa vie, son œuvre, Harmonies et Couleurs, Lausanne, 1976, p.11).
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