Marcel Dyf was born in Paris on October 7, 1899. In his youth he showed a marked ability for painting, and at the age of 23 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 America, Canada, Germany and Algiers.
Among his most successful exhibitions were those at the famous House of Petrides in Paris in 1949, 1951 and 1953. He also exhibited at the three most important art salons in Paris at the time: Salon des Artistes Francais, Salon D’Automne and Salon des Tuileries. He was greatly honored in 1950 by being asked to exhibit in the National Display at the Carnegie Institute.
Today Dyf has an international reputation. His work is highly treasured by collectors and his style is admired by even the severest of critics. His tones and values are delicate and true. Noted for his bouquets of flowers, his inspiration for these compositions often came from his own 16th Century villa gardens. The girl who figures in so many of his compositions was his wife, Claudine, who posed for him and allowed him to immortalize the spirit of womanhood. His pastoral scenes capture the French countryside with unique color, light and vibrancy.
A true impressionist in every sense, Dyf stands with the masters of his field. He has influenced numerous artists and has set a standard for contemporary impressionists to achieve.
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA
E. Benezit Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs.
Dictionnaire des Petits Maitres de la Peinture