on November 9, 1921 in Meknés (Morocco)
studying in Paris, Yvonne Canu prepared Decorative Arts which
she was obliged to give up for family reasons. During the war
she was engaged as a nurse in the 2nd Moroccan division
and at the end of the conflict, went to Paris where she stayed
at Youky Foujita's place.
she met many artists, among them Elisee Maclet who took her to
Montmartre to paint landscapes. Thereafter, Foujita taught her
drawing and made her discover impressionism. Interested by cubism,
she attended Zadkine's class every Thursday at the Grande Chaumiére.
the exhibit of American collections at the Musée de l'Orangerie
in Paris, she is deeply impressed by Seurat's masterpiece, La
Grande Jatte ”and is in ecstasy over this masterwork. Back
at her place, she paints a small divisionist painting (2 figures)
for which she immediately finds a client. This encouraged her
to continue this way.