Yvonne Canu, born in Morocco in 1921 was a French painter that studied at the École des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. After the Second World War she met Foujita and Élisée Maclet, who both encouraged her. Foujita instructed her in drawing and composition and introduced her to the Impressionists. She was subsequently drawn to cubism and studied alongside Ossip Zadkine at the Academie de la Grand Chaumiere.
Over time she became heavily influenced by the work of pointillists such as Georges Seurat. Particularly it has been noted that Yvonne Canu was strongly influenced by Seurat's masterpiece L'ile de la Grande Jatte (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte.).
It was not long before she dedicated herself exclusively to pointillism and adopted the technique for all of her paintings, which are often beautifully colored and very atmospheric. She belongs to an interesting trend of French twentieth-century artists who looked to and expanded upon the theories of so-called divisioniste artists of the late 19th century. Like them she often depicted seascapes, harbors and river scenes.
Yvonne Canu exhibited extensively after the Second World War until her death in 2008.