Julius Bissier

Date/place of birth

1893 Freiburg im Breisgau

Day/place of death

1965 Ascona

Julius Bissier - 4.6.61 A.
Julius Bissier - 4.6.61 A.

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Julius Bissier biography

The self-taught artist Julius Bissier was introduced to East Asian art by the sinologist Ernst Grosse which had an ongoing impact on his work in a stylistic technical manner as well as in a spiritual respect. Besides landscape ink paintings in a Far Eastern technique, since the 1920s, Bissier also developed paintings in the style of New Objectivity. The friendship with Willi Baumeister and the encounter with Constantin Brancusi lead to an increasingly abstract, form-reduced style of painting since the 1930s which thematically concentrated on landscapes and later on still life. The years of National Socialism mark an almost exclusive occupation with ink painting; the late work of the 1950s was predominantly dedicated to abstract miniatures in tempera technique. As a consequence of the works retrospective, shown by the “Kestner-Gesellschaft” in Hannover in 1958, Bissier’s works reached international renown and received several awards, among them the “Großer Kunstpreis” of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Julius Bissier4.6.61 A.€20.130
Julius BissierKomposition. 15 oct. 58 Ascona€18.600
Julius Bissier5. Sept. 57€17.080
Julius BissierHl. Hieronymus€15.000
Julius BissierMasken€14.880
Julius Bissier12. März 60 k€14.280

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