Artist Spotlight: Marcel Mouly

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Marcel Mouly

Marcel Mouly was born in Paris in 1918. Mouly’s artistic career stated in 1935 when he started taking art classes at the French Academy.
Mouly’s highly distinct style is defined by his use of vibrant color and can be compared to artists like Matisse or Van Dongen. Mouly worked in the Cubism and Fauvism styles. Fauvism was seen through his use of bold and vivid color in his landscapes and interiors.

Marcel Mouly, Lady in Red
Marcel Mouly, Lady in Red

His brilliant color was achieved by a technique called glazing. Mouly mastered this technique by painting layers of sheer, luminescent pigment, one atop the other, until the painting looked as though it was glowing from the inside out.

Marcel Mouly, Navires au Port XII
Marcel Mouly, Navires au Port XII

Like many artist of his time, travel played a crucial role in Mouly’s artistic development. He traveled extensively throughout Europe , the Americas, and the Far East, creating numerous and diverse sketches and paintings that depict the nuance and flavor of each location and setting as seen through his eyes.

A mariner at heart, Mouly spent long periods of time on boats and yachts, using these experiences for the creation of ocean scenes. He loved to play with the geometric shapes of boats and sails.

Marcel Mouly, Depart Pour La Grande Poche.
Marcel Mouly, Depart Pour La Grande Poche.

His home and studio were located on a small, quiet street on the outskirts of Paris. He took comfort in music and literature when he worked. Inspiration for shapes and colors were found in sculptures, dishes, masks and various souvenirs from his travels.

In the forties, Mouly was fortunate to meet Edouard Pignon and Marcel Burtin. The meeting of these artists led Mouly to be inspired and exhibit at the Salon d’Automne.  Mouly’s artistic career was further influenced by the meeting of other master artists such as Pablo Picasso, Brancusi, Jackson Pollock and many more.

Mouly had his first exhibition in Paris in 1949. This exhibition later evolved to many more exhibitions and invitations to showcase throughout Europe.

Marcel Mouly
Marcel Mouly

By the 1950s Mouly had become the artists he had strived to be from the beginning. In the 1960’s Mouly extended his techniques and worked in the print-making medium and continued to flourish as an artists.

Baterbys has an extensive collection of Marcel Mouly Original artwork ranging from his canvas works to limited edition lithographs.