Marcel Dyf was born in Paris on the 7th October 1899. He had originally studied the sciences, starting a short-lived career in engineering. However, by the age of 23 had decided to become an artist. He was entirely self-taught, learning to draw at the studio Lauren, where he became interested in the impressionist and post-impressionist movements. He moved to Arles in Provence where he bought a studio and began painting the landscapes there. He remained in Arles for thirteen years before returning to Paris in 1935. During World War II, he joined the Resistance and was based in Correze. After the war, he held many successful exhibitions in Paris. Several of his paintings were bought by the Minister of Beaux Arts who later commissioned other large works for the Museum of Arles, various Town Halls and public buildings. In 1950, the Carnegie Foundation invited Marcel to submit a painting as one of fifty leading French Artists, to the National Institute.
In 1950, he acquired a studio in Cannes, where, in 1954 he met his future wife Claudine Godat, aged 20. Despite the age difference, their relationship was to provide the catalyst that Dyf’s painting needed with her often being the main subject and his muse. In the late 1950’s, Dyf’s work first began to be seen in New York and also in London with Frost and Reed, who represented him for most of his career, and he achieved an international reputation. He was a member of L’Ecole Français and exhibited at the Salon des Artistes, Français, Salon d’Autumn, Salon des Tuilleries as well as in the US and England. Around 1960, Dyf and Claudine moved to a 17th century house in Bois D’Arcy, near Versailles, which was to become their base. They married in 1965, and spent their married life travelling between their house in Arzon, Brittany in the summer, their home in Bois D’Arcy for the autumn and in the South of France and Provence for the winter. Dyf died in Bois D’Arcy on 15th September 1985.
Examples of his paintings are held by the Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton MA and the Musée Arlaten, Arles, France.
Neauphle-le-Château is a commune in the north of France in the Ile-de-France region. The original Grand Marnier distillery was founded there in 1827. During the 1950’s, Deanna Durbin the Hollywood film star moved there where she lived until her death in 2013. It was also the residence of the Ayatollah Khomeini who stayed there in 1978 for a year after being exiled from Iraq.
The painting is housed in its original gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||23.25 inches x 28.25 inches (59cm x 72cm)|
|Framed Size||33.5 inches x 38.5 inches (85cm x 98cm)|