Slick Chic

Raoul Dufy is the 71-year-old granddaddy of modem chic. His personal blend of bright, carelessly smeared colors with shorthand draftsmanship is imitated in chichi perfume ads and fashion magazines month after month. Last week gallery-goers in Paris and Manhattan could see the real thing: paintings from Dufy's palsied but still brilliant hand and (in Paris) tapestries woven from his designs. The tapestries, reported Paris' Combat, were "a triumphal success . . . pure art."

So were the paintings—almost too successful. Dufy never lets nature trouble him; he uses it, like a seasoned...

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