1899 – 1985
Marcel Dyf was born in Paris on the 7th of October,
1899. In his youth he showed a remarkable ability for painting
and at the age of 23 he took the step of becoming a professional
artist and devoted himself entirely to painting. Dyf like many
other young French artists was heavily influenced by Pierre A.
Renoir. Dyf took the influence of Renoir and developed his own
definite style. He soon became well known not only in France but
also in America, Algiers, Canada, England and Germany.
During his early career, Marcel Dyf started exhibiting
at the Salon des d’Automore and Salon des Tulleries (at
the Louvre). His acceptance was immediate and his career became
more exciting than ever. It was during these exhibitions that
Marcel Dyf was introduced to Frost and Reed of London. Frost and
Reed’s interest may have been the single most important
event in his career. It was through them and their contacts that
he began exhibiting in London, New York, Dallas, San Francisco
and many other international cities. Among his most successful
exhibitions were those at the famous House of Petrides in Paris
in 1941, 1951 and 1953. He was greatly honored in 1950 by being
asked to exhibit in the National Display at the Carnegie Institute.
In addition to being noted for his portraits and bouquets of flowers,
his inspiration for many compositions often came from his wife
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.
For an artist to be considered an “Impressionist”
in the purist 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 the paintings of
Marcel Dyf 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 are trees, human figures, fields of grain
or vibrant flower gardens.
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.