Skip Navigation

The Regatta (Les Régates)

Raoul Dufy

European Art

The Regatta portrays a crowd of spectators watching a boat race at Sainte-Adresse, a popular seaside resort near Le Havre, in Raoul Dufy’s native Normandy. The artist reduced the figures, sailboats, and flags to geometric forms, building his composition through blocks of bright, flattened color.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1908-1910
    DIMENSIONS 21 1/4 x 25 11/16 in. (54 x 65.2 cm) frame: 29 x 33 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (73.7 x 85.1 x 8.3 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower right: "R. Dufy"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Jacobs, Jr.
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1925, provenance not yet documented; before March 1925, acquired by Frances Carco of Paris, France; March 2, 1925, sold at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, “Catalogue des Tableaux, Aquarelles, Dessins et Estampes Modernes” no. 36; between 1925 and 1928, provenance not yet documented; by 1928, acquired by Bernheim-Jeune, Paris; between 1928 and 1954, provenance not yet documented; by April 22, 1954, and reportedly January 25, 1934, acquired by Alexandre Roudinesco of Paris, France; between 1955 and 1959, provenance not yet documented; after July 1959, acquired by Andre Weil; June 5, 1961, acquired from Andre Weil by Notre-Dame Supply Company; December 13, 1961, purchased from Notre-Dame Supply Company at Parke-Bernet Galleries by Max Bodner; April 28, 1964, purchased from Max Bodner by William K. Jacobs of New York, NY; June 22, 1964, gift of William K. Jacobs and Mrs. Jacobs to the Brooklyn Museum.
    Provenance FAQ
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953). The Regatta (Les Régates), ca. 1908-1910. Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 11/16 in. (54 x 65.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Jacobs, Jr., 64.91. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 64.91_SL1.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 64.91_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT © artist or artist's estate
    Copyright for this work may be controlled by the artist, the artist's estate, or other rights holders. A more detailed analysis of its rights history may, however, place it in the public domain. The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act. For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.