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    Sale 5394

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    10 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 221

    Marcel Dyf (1899-1985)

    Plage de Kerjouano

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Marcel Dyf (1899-1985)
    Plage de Kerjouano
    signed 'Dyf' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    18 x 21½in. (46 x 55cm.)
    Painted in 1978


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    The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Mrs. Claudine Dyf and is registered under no.30.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Coming of age as an artist in Paris and the South of France during the 1920s and 30s, Marcel Dyf was naturally influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists - which can be seen in his love of outdoor subjects and the light effects of water. However, Dyf also looked often to Rembrandt and Tiepolo, as is especially clear in the shimmering brushstrokes rendering the flesh of his muse, Claudine Godat, who was to become his wife. The reflections of the canals and lush pastoral scenes betray an artist both enamoured of the canon and alive to the avant-garde.