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 Marcel Emile Cailliet  (1914 - 2007)

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Lived/Active: Hawaii/Arizona      Known for: painting and teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Marcel accepted the offer of his uncle, Emile Cailliet, to come to California in the late 1930's and study with Millard Sheets (Claremont College) while working in Pomona.  He earned his BA and MFA degrees at University of Southern California. 

While there, he met Helene Amoy, a native of Hawaii.  They sailed in July of 1941 to the Islands to be married.  On return to the mainland, Marcel taught at Arizona State Teacher's College at Tempe. 

Marcel served in the U.S. Navy for seven years.  He was commissioned as an ensign and sent to Camp Perry, Virginia, then Washington, DC, then to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  He left the Navy, ending at the Navy Pacific University as an instructor and with the rank of lieutenant.

Marcel and Helene had four children: Lorella Lani (Lali) (b. 1942), Michelle (b. 1947), Jon (b. 1952), and Jacques (b. 1956). 

Due to his wife's connections to Hawaii, he developed a deep love of the Islands and moved there permanently in the late 1940's.  He worked for the Grolier Society for twelve years and became Vice President of Far East Operations in sales.  The family lived in Aina Haina, Oahu, for 4 years, then on Portlock Road for 16 years until Kaiser built Hawaii Kai.  He resigned from Grolier in 1967 due to health issues. 

For two years, he lived in Kamuela on the Big Island, painting and instructing, then returned to Kailua, Oahu, to become involved in a real estate partnership.  On retirement, Marcel and Helene intended to build a home at Kamuela, but Helene died of stroke in 1986.  Marcel married a second time, to Dorothy Frederick.  He died of kidney failure in 2007.    

Written and submitted by Suzanne Brunzie, whose source is Rene Cailliet, brother of the artist. Suzanne writes that "additions and corrections are welcomed".

This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Dijon, France on Sept. 11, 1914. After coming to the U.S. in 1917, Cailliet lived in New York. He studied at the PAFA before moving to Los Angeles in 1938. There he continued his studies at the Chouinard Art School and USC. In 1941 he was teaching at Arizona State College.  He later lived in Hawaii until his death in Honolulu on Dec. 20, 2007.  Member: Calif. Watercolor Society; Laguna Beach Art Ass'n. Exh: Golden Gate International Exposition, 1939; Oakland Art Gallery, 1939.
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Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Ferdinand Perret Files; Interview with the artist or his/her family.
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