Alfred Casile was born in Marseille in 1848. After studying at the Beaux Arts in his native city, he went to Paris to perfect his apprenticeship with Antoine Guillemet. The master recommended Casile to Boudin and Jongkind, who introduced him to Honfleur and a new way of painting. In 1891, he returned to the South and married a young woman from Brussels whom he had met in Paris. Around 1900, the family moved to Belgium for a few years and the Nordic landscapes made a strong impression on the artist.
Back in Marseille, he continued to see the Mediterranean in a gray and diaphanous range, sometimes misty, far from the dazzling of his Provencal contemporaries. Casile is especially attached to rendering the "impression" of the motif, the sensation, the atmosphere of a changing nature, by a subtle touch.