Transcending Boundaries: International Modern and Contemporary Art

Live Virtual Auction, 25 October 2023

International Modern and Contemporary Art

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ZAR 64 488
Lot 31
  • Marcel Dyf; Houses by a Canal
  • Marcel Dyf; Houses by a Canal
  • Marcel Dyf; Houses by a Canal

Lot Estimate
ZAR 40 000 - 60 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 64 488

About this Item

French 1899-1985
Houses by a Canal

signed with the artist's initials

oil on canvas
45 by 53,5cm excluding frame; 65 by 74 by 5,5cm including frame


River views had been a popular subject for the early French Impressionists like Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley, whose work is characterised by rapid spontaneous brush strokes, together with a lively colour palette. Marcel Dyf continued this tradition, finding a popular market for his river and canal subjects owing to his painterly interpretation of the elements, but in particular his approach to capturing water in fluid, rapidly applied wet-on-wet brush strokes.

Dyf was born Marcel Dreyfus in 1899 in Paris, France. Initially an engineer, at the age of 23 he set up an art studio in Arles and became a professional artist. Dyf was a self-taught artist who was influenced by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, notably Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He initially established himself as a landscape painter, but he is also known for still lifes and portraits, especially of his wife and model Claudine. Dyf was commissioned to paint murals in the town halls of Saint Martin-de-Crau and Les Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer and in the dining room of the Collège Ampère.

Dyf exhibited at the Salon des Artists Français, Salon d’Autumn and Salon des Tulleries. His work can be found in public collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY, USA; Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, USA; and Museon Arlaten in Arles, France.


Stephan Welz & Co, Cape Town, 22 October 2008, lot 356.

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