Félix Del Marle
Born 1889, Pont-sur-Sambre, France
Died 1952, Bécon les Bruyère, France
1912 Moves to Paris after studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Valenciennes and the Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille. The same year, he meets Gino Severini, with whom he shares a studio.
1913 Meets Guillaume Apollinaire, Max Jacob, André Salmon and the Cubists. His paintings progress from neo-Impressionist to Cubist and ultimately to Futurist. Is influenced by Severini, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and Umberto Boccionni, and joins the Futurist movement. In July 1913, he publishes his Futurist Manifesto against Montmartre in Paris-Journal. The publication coincides with celebrations in honor of Montmartre, causing the press and other painters to attack Del Marle. Marinetti, on the other hand, writes of his praises to Del Marle for his “courageous Futurist initiative.”
1914 Presents at the Salon des Surindépendants and the magazine Poème et Drame publishes his writing “Some Notes on Simultaneity in Painting.”
1916-1920 Del Marle’s works take on more of a satirical standpoint, marking social challenges of the times.
1924 After discovering the works of Czech painter František Kupka, Del Marle’s works become more abstract.
1926 Del Marle discovers and is strongly influenced by the works of Piet Mondrian and Neoplasticism.
1927 Travels to Germany to visit the Bauhaus.
Late 1920s/Early 1930s Converts to Catholicism and returns to figurative painting.
1945 Returns to Abstraction.