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Description: Roger Bissiere
(French, 1886-1964)
Composition, 1957
etching and aquatint on Rives
Pencil signed, Jahresgabe der Kestner-Gesellschaft stamp verso. Roger Bissiere, (French, 1886-1964) Composition, 1957, etching and aquatint on Rives, pencil signed, Jahresgabe der Kestner-Gesellschaft stamp verso.

Biography from Schiller & Bodo European Paintings

By 1920, the artistic battles that had marked the first decades of the twentieth century and the swift rise to prominence of modernity had abated. The cultural shock left by the First World War left artists, critics and writers looking for means to reconnect with a more simple past and with longstanding traditions. Artistic currents once recognized for their departure from the "juste milieu' now sought to look back to a more coherent mode of representation: this was the period of Picasso's bathers and the abstracted nude allegorical figures of Aristide Maillol. It is in this atmosphere that Roger Bissière developed his particular approach to Cubism. Abandoning the cubist approach that sought to break and dissolve form, the new Cubism sought formal simplicity and harmony based on a logical, classical order.

Bissiére was a regular participant in the Parisian exhibitions that catered to modern trends. He exhibited at the Salon d'Automne from 1919 to 1923. Although he began painting at a young age, Bissiére himself considered 1919 the year of his true artistic debut. It was around this time that he befriended André Lhote and Georges Braque and, perhaps under their influence, embraced a Cubist aesthetic. In 1920, Bissiére participated in the Salon de la Jeune Peinture. This exhibition marked the new direction of the Cubist movement. Highly interested in the intellectual and theoretical aspects of Cubist painting and its ties to the French tradition, Bissiére also published articles on Seurat, on Ingres, and on Corot in the journal L'Esprit Nouveau.

24 1/4"H x 18 1/2"W (print), 28 1/4"H x 20 3/4"W (sight).

  • Dimensions: 24 1/4"H x 18 1/2"W (print), 28 1/4"H x 20 3/4"W (sight).
  • Artist Name: Roger Bissiere
  • Medium: etching and aquatint on Rives

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