Marc Cavell (19111989)

The painter and kinetic artist Marc Cavell studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London before leaving England in 1930 for Paris, where he attended the Académie Julian and the Académie Ranson. Initially influenced by Cézanne, he experimented with post-cubist techniques, exploring diverse materials. In 1948, under the tutelage of Albert Gleizes, Cavell participated in artistic research in the workshop of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. In 1950, he exhibited at Nîmes, the Visconti gallery in Paris, and the Salon des Independants. On Picasso’s advice he began experimenting with other materials such as ceramics and textiles. By 1955 his work focused increasingly on the interplay between movement and light. His dynamic kinetic pieces break the boundary between painting and sculpture and are highly prized by collectors today.