Marcel Vertes was born in Hungary and studied at the Academy Julian in Paris. Following his time at the Academy, Vertes lived and worked in the Latin Quarter, following French Impressionists Toulouse-Lautrec, Boutet and Forain and depicting scenes of Paris street life in the 1920’s.
A painter, illustrator and designer, Vertes was a member of the American Art League, was lauded for his murals in the Hotel Carlyle and, in 1952, and won the British Academy Film award for best costume design for Moulin Rouge. An illustration contributor for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, fashion icons Jean Patou, Paul Poiret and Coco Chanel are counted amongst Vertes’ contemporaries. Vertes’ work can be found in collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at museums in Luxembourg and Paris.