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Jacques Yves Paul Dieÿ is a French painter born June 28, 1892 in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and died July 22, 1984 in Montluçon.

Yves Dieÿ was mobilized during the First World War in the 8th train squadron. Wounded, he was hospitalized at the military hospital in Montpellier. He stayed in hospitals from 1914 to 1922.

He married Louise Marie Magdelaine Arias (1902, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés - 1986, Villeneuve-sur-Lot) on June 29, 1922 in Paris. Of Martinican origin, she will serve as a model and allow him to build his reputation. They have two children, Michelle (born June 15, 1924) and Guy (born June 20, 1926). The couple divorced on April 20, 1929.

In Paris, he had a workshop at 7, rue du Colonel-Oudot, then at 18, rue Friant, then from 1950 on at 181, rue de Courcelles.

He remarried on November 23, 1929 in Châteaudun with Louise Émilie Laporte (1896, Paris - 1984, Paris). She also serves as a model.

Yves Dieÿ died on July 22, 1984 in Montluçon. He is buried in the family vault of the cemetery of Levallois-Perret.

Yves Dieÿ was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he entered the studio of Raphaël Collin (1850-1916) and received the influences of masters such as Tony Robert-Fleury (1797-1890) and Adolphe Déchenaud ( 1868-1926). Considering his age, he was mainly influenced by two of his masters: Hans Berger (1882-1977), painter of Swiss origin and Louis-François Biloul (1874-1947).

Member of the Salon des Artistes Français, he painted nudes and "elegant necklines" that the postcard popularized, portraits and still lifes. The subjects that constitute his work are animated scenes from Paris - which, like Eugène Galien-Laloue, he restores in the "age of horse-drawn omnibuses" -, the Île de Ré, Spain, from Morocco and Algeria. In addition to these themes, his traveller's temperament is expressed by the presence of his works in Canadian private collections.

Yves Dieÿ is medalist and awarded at the Salon des Artistes Français. He will also be a member of other painting associations, such as the Winter Salon, the fine arts of Nice, the orientalists of Algiers and Samothrace.

In 1940, Yves Dieÿ was animator of the Petit Salon de Montparnasse - an association of professional painters - in a workshop located at 150, boulevard du Montparnasse.

He worked and exhibited in Belgium in the 1950s and 1960s, notably with “Les arts en Europe”.

Yves Dieÿ is above all a portrait painter. He has a special gift for bringing out the soul of the models and giving an exceptional expression to the eyes and lips [ref. necessary]. He is mainly inspired by women and shows a predilection for sensual nudes, seductive female figures.

Beyond the nudes, he paints or draws scenes from Parisian life, but also many Andalusians as well as market shows when he travels to Spain, Morocco or Algeria.

The funds of his studio were sold in Paris to the Hôtel Drouot on October 4, 1976.


Algers, National Museum of Fine Arts: Gallery of ancestors of Colonel de Lautrec

Laeken (Belgium), Château de Laeken: Portraits of the royal family of Belgium

Charleroi, Palais des Beaux-Arts

Paris, Ministry of the Armed Forces: Portrait of General de Gaulle.

Toulouse, Musée des Augustins: Spanish Procession, oil on canvas

Dolceacqua (Italy), Giovanni Morscio gallery

Bangkok, Royal Palace: Portrait of the King of Thailand


Sentiments, poems enriched with 19 inset compositions by Yves Dieÿ, 250 numbered copies on shaped wove paper, Philippe Gonin, bookseller-printer in Roubaix, 1938