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Raoul Dufy
The Kessler Family on Horseback (La Famille Kessler à cheval)
Gouache on paper

500 x 669 mm

Tate Britain

Excerpt from Tate, London:

Raoul Dufy
The Kessler Family on Horseback, 1931

[Catalogue entry]

Gouache on paper 19 5/8 × 26 3/8 (500 × 669)
Not inscribed

Bequeathed by Mrs A.F. Kessler 1983
Prov: Mrs Kessler (purchased from the artist c.1931)
Exh: The Kessler Collection, Wildenstein Gallery, October–November 1948 (11, as ‘Studies for an Equestrian Portrait’) The Kessler Bequest, Tate Gallery, February–April 1984 (not numbered, repr.)
Lit: Bernard Dorival, ‘Raoul Dufy et le Portrait’, La Revue des Arts, V, no.3, 1955, pp.175–80, repr.p.180 Fanny Guillon-Laffaille, Raoul Dufy: Catalogue Raisonné des Aquarelles, Gouaches et Pastels, Paris, 1981, I, no.879, p.321, repr. as ‘La Famille Kessler à Cheval’ 1932 Bryan Robertson, ‘An Introduction to Dufy’, Raoul Dufy 1877–1953, exhibition catalogue, Hayward Gallery, 1983, p.54

A study for the whole composition, showing the figures as they appear in both the finished pictures. Mr. and Mrs. Kessler are in the centre, with their daughters Augusta and Anne in the foreground, to left and right, and behind them (again from left to right) Frances, Cornelia and Susan.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986


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Raoul Dufy, French, (1877-1953)
b. June 3, 1877, Le Havre
d. 1953

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