Marcel Dyf (1899-1985)

Marcel Dyf

Marcel Dyf

Marcel Dyf was born in Paris. He spent his youth holidays in Paris and Normandy, where he observed the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements which strongly influenced on his later painting career. In his early twenties Marcel Dyf already decided to become an artist.

Dyf moved to Arles in Provence, where he bought a studio and began painting with passion his inspirational landscapes. Marcel Dyf was self-taught as an artist. He remained in Arles for thirteen years before returning to Paris in 1935. During World War II Marcel Dyf joined the Resistance and was based in Correze.

After the war he held exhibitions of his work in some of the major cities in France. In 1950 he acquired a studio in Cannes, where he met Claudine in 1954, his wife. Claudine was 19 years old, 36 years younger than Dyf. They married in 1956 and she devoted her life to travelling with him, continually looking for new scenes to paint. Indeed Claudine featured in a large number of Marcel Dyf’s paintings. A member of L’Ecole Francais, Marcel Dyf’s fame rapidly spread outside his native France and a number of successful exhibitions of his work were held in the United States and Great Britain.

In addition to the exhibitions, he painted frescoes in the city halls of Saint-Martin-de-Crau and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. He also painted frescoes in the Museon Arlaten and in the dining hall of the Collège Ampère, both of which are in Arles. He also designed windows inside the Église Saint-Louis in Marseille.

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