Marcel Dyf (1899 – 1985)
Marcel Dyf, whose real name was Marcel Dreyfus, was born in Paris in 1899. Despite showing a talent for painting at an early age, he first studied engineering, although by the age of twenty three he had decided to devote himself to art. Self-taught, his influence and inspiration came from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, particularly Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He established a studio in Arles in 1922, living and working in Provence, but also managing to participate in the vibrant arts communities in Paris, finally returning to live in Paris in 1935, working in the studio that had belonged to the artist Maximilien Luce on the Avenue du Maine. His work was interrupted by the Second World War, and he joined the French Resistance based in the Corrèze region of France.
By 1950 Marcel Dyf had acquired a studio in Cannes, marrying his favourite model Claudine in 1965. The two of them travelled extensively over the years throughout France in search of inspiring subject matter particularly in Brittany, Normandy, Paris and Provence.
Throughout his long career Marcel Dyf exhibited regularly in Paris, Nice, the USA Canada and Germany. He was represented in Paris by the Petrides Gallery, and in London by Frost & Reed. He also exhibited regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français, Salon d’Automne, and the Salon des Tuileries in Paris.
Marcel Dyf died in 1985.