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Marcel Dyf

French Painter
(1899-1985)


Paysage
Paysage
Oil on canvas

Marcel Dyf was born in Paris on October 7, 1899. In his youth he showed a marked ability for painting. At the age of twenty-three he took the step of becoming a professional artist and devoted himself entirely to painting. He soon became known not only in France, but also in England, America, Canada, Germany and Algeria. Among his most successful exhibitions were those at the famous Petrides Gallery in Paris in 1949, 1951, and 1953. He was greatly honored in 1950 by being asked to exhibit in the National Display Gallery at the Carnegie Institute.

Claudine
Claudine
Oil on canvas

Today Dyf has an international reputation. Noted for his portraits and bouquets of flowers, his inspiration for many compositions often came from his wife Claudine who posed for him and allowed him to immortalize the spirit of womanhood. His pastoral scenes capture French countryside with unique color, light and vibrancy.

Le port de La Rochelle
Le port de La Rochelle
Oil on canvas

For an artist to be considered an "Impressionist" in the purest meaning of the word, he must know how to transfer his personal feelings to the canvas. Through the application of color, this transference is accomplished. In Dyf's paintings there is no touching, no re-working. Instead his brushwork is fluid and "first-time" perfect. One can feel the impact of his colors, i.e. "feel" the wind in his landscapes, "see" the ripples of waves in his waterfronts, and "sense" the various textures of the subjects he paints whether they be trees, human figures, fields of grain or vibrant flower gardens.

His power of suggestion is strong. He painted not only a beautiful scene but also gave insight into himself through his brushwork and use of color. His pleasant looseness with the brush puts the viewer in a relaxed mood, allowing one to take time in fully appreciating each painting. A true Impressionist in every sense of the word, Dyf stands with the masters of his field. He has influenced numerous artists and has set a standard for contemporary Impressionists to achieve. His death in 1985 marked the passing of one of the last true Impressionists of our era.

Museums: Smith College Museum of Art, Northhampton, MA; Musee Arlaten.

Bibliography:
E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs.
Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture.

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