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La Val-d’Ajol (Vosges)

In 1919 and 1920, Jean Dufy painted two views of this Vosges mountain village in eastern France. The composition displays some of the simplification and vibrancy of color associated with pre-World War I avant-garde movements such as the Fauvist style practiced by the artist’s brother Raoul Dufy. Yet this landscape also exhibits a more subdued sense of realism that characterized French painting after the war, when many artists adhered to a call for a cultural “return to order.”

Jean Dufy
French, 1888‒1964
La Val-d’Ajol (Vosges)
Oil on canvas
29 x 36 ¼ in. (73.7 x 92.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, James S. Adams Collection, Elizabeth G. Adams Bequest, 81.31.17

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