FELIX DEL MARLE (1889 - 1952)


Félix Del Marle (1889 in Pont-sur-Sambre in France - 1952 to Becon les Bruyeres in France) was a French painter.
After studying classical art training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Valenciennes and the Beaux-Arts in Lille, Del Marle moved to Paris in 1912 where he met Apollinaire and Severini with which it shares its studio in the Rue Dutot.

Close to Marinetti and Boccioni, he enthusiastically adopted in 1913 Futurist precepts, exposes the same year at Clovis Sagot tables that are applying the principles, and publishes in Paris on July 13-Day The Futurist Manifesto in Montmartre.

In 1914, he presented at the Salon des Surindépendants Port, table somehow makes the results of his experiments futuristic.
Mobilized, in 1916-1917 he published a newspaper militarist, Tac Tac tuff tuff.
During the following years, Del Marle engages in the way of satire and social challenges in carrying out numerous cartoons.

Discovering the work of Kupka in 1924, it becomes abstract and also claims the musicalisme.
Just two years later, he adheres to the doctrine of Neoplasticism Mondrian which will exercise a lasting influence on him, and whom he ardently defends the principles in a will, review cutting-edge art direction Lille which has been awarded in 1927.
The same year, Del Marle went to Germany, visit the Bauhaus in Dessau and the Stuttgart Weißenhof.

Through a period of doubt and questioning, he converted to Catholicism and, unexpectedly, he returned to figurative painting in the early 1930s.
A Dawn of War, it evolves into a surreal full of symbolism.
In 1945, he returned to abstraction, participated in the creation of the SRN which he was the General Secretary from 1947 to the year of his death.
In his compositions and reliefs of the time, Del Marle combines the rigor of orthogonal Neoplasticism a more lyrical constructivism.
From 1949 he produced his first buildings that betray his interest in the synthesis of the arts and the issue of integration of color in architecture.
If they lead him to found the Bloc in 1951 with Space Group, in which he directed, assisted Servanes and in collaboration with the architect Zhehrfuss, polychrome architectural Renault factory in Flins.
This last point has been the subject of an exhibition in 2000 at the Musée de Grenoble, while in 1996 the Matisse Museum of Le Cateau and the Museum of Fine Arts and Calais lace an exhibition devoted to its polychromy in space.

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