1925, image area 5 1/2" X 8", pencil signed and numbered 81 of 100, Art Fair NYC label on reverse.....Biography from Galerie Koller, AG, ZurichUntil 1905, Raoul Dufy painted in an Impressionist style in which he captured the subdued tonal nuances of his native Bretagne, similar to Boudin and Monet, who like him were born in Le Havre. However, in March of that year, the 27-year-old painter experienced an enlightenment, as he later described it himself. On display at the Salon des Indépendants was the painting "Luxe, calme, et volupté" (today in the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris). Although still rendered in a pointillistic technique, its colors are very expressive and independent of the object. Over the summer he then practiced a new technique of applying color, intentionally employing stronger and brighter colors. The legendary scandal of the works exhibited in the 7th room at the Salon d'Automne, which gave Matisse and his friends the name of “the wild beasts”, i.e. the "Fauves", confirmed to Dufy that he was on the right path with brighter colors in stronger and flatter application.