Mitsie’s Memories: A Tribute to Marcel Mouly

 In Articles, Artists & Special Collections, By Mitsie Scaglione, Marcel Mouly

We are so fortunate to have guest author Mitsie Scaglione, the wife of Park West Gallery CEO Albert Scaglione, sharing her personal stories with us and all of you. Please enjoy the first installment of “Mitsie’s Memories”…and we’re all looking forward to her many more stories to come!

MARCEL MOULY (Feb 2, 1918 – Dec 17, 2008)

Written by Mitsie Scaglione 

For over 30 years, Albert and I have traveled here and abroad and have had the good fortune to meet with many of our artists, not only on a business level, but on a personal level. Recently, I was documenting many of the photos from our trips for our Marketing Department when they asked if I would like to share the photos and memories with our clients.

It was always a pleasure to visit with Marcel Mouly and his wife Magy at their home/studio in the suburb of Paris. From the beautiful flowers adorning their front porch to the heartfelt welcome at the door, we always felt special.

Marcel Mouly, Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione, Park West Gallery

Marcel Mouly, Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione, Park West GalleryEntrance leading up to the home of Marcel Mouly in Paris. ©Park West Gallery, 2010

As you entered their home, you took a right to Marcel’s studio where usually on the easel was work in progress basking in the sunlight from the many windows. He was always eager to show us the many souveniers they had purchased from their travels to exotic places – India, Greece, Israel, to name a few. He lived life to the fullest and was always captivated by the colors and hues of the different countries, with Greece being a favorite. You can see this influence in many of his paintings. Also, the woman in his paintings was a tribute to his wife Magy.

Marcel Mouly, Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione, Park West Gallery

Albert (left) and Mitsie Scaglione (right) visiting Marcel Mouly’s (center) studio. ©Park West Gallery, 2010

Marcel was also happy to play the host by wheeling out his beverage cart so we could be properly welcomed by aperitif. Then onto the business at hand — looking at the collection. And what a collection!

Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione, Marcel Mouly, Magy Mouly, Park West Gallery

Albert Scaglione, Mitsie Scaglione, Marcel Mouly, Magy Mouly, Park West GalleryAlbert (center left) and Mitsie Scaglione (center right) enjoying cocktails with Marcel Mouly (far right) and his wife, Magy (far left). ©Park West Gallery, 2010

We were honored to have Marcel and Magy at our gallery for a V.I.P. event in September 2004. It was a magnificent show. Then at a dinner at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Marcel was honored where he received a standing ovation that deeply touched him.

Unfortunately, this was Marcel’s last visit to us. He passed away on December 17, 2008.

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  • Berenice Norris

    I recently saw and purchased a Marcel Mouly lithograph on a Holland America cruise. The work is titled Le Pichet Chinois. I have been searching for an image of the original work in your catalogue, for more information, but have been unable to source any photographs of this piece. Could you please advise further? I would appreciate being able to authenticate it as one of Mouly’s artworks. Thank you. Berenice Norris, a Park West customer.

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