Sheet from La Fée Électricité (Spirit of Electricity)

Maker and role
Artist: Raoul Dufy, French, 1877-1953
Year
1952

Object detail

Media/Materials
Lithograph
Measurements
image, 39 1/4 x 24 3/8in (99.7 x 61.9cm)
Credit line
Gift of Lenora and Walter F. Brown
Accession number
1980.4.8
Object type
Department
Location
Further information
This suite of prints is based upon a huge mural Dufy created in 1937 for the Pavilion d'Électricité at the Paris World Exposition, which chronicled the history and development of electricity. The mural, which measured over 200 feet long, was tremendously popular and helped to make the Pavilion d'Électricité the most visited exhibition hall at the fair.

To capitalize on the success of his mammoth mural, Dufy created this suite of lithographs which itself was a monumental undertaking culminating in a masterpiece of color lithography measuring over 20 feet long. La Fée Électricité, or Spirit of Electricity, dominates the upper left portion of the composition, bringing illumination to the world while a parade of the thinkers and inventors, inlcuding everyone from Archimedes to Thomas Edison, populate scenes representing technological achievements through the ages.
Signature & date
Marked in black l.l. corner: VIII
Stamped in black l.r. corner: 180/350
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