Julius Bissier
German, 1893-1965
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Rosenberg & Co. at Salon du Dessin 2018,
Rosenberg & Co.
Rosenberg & Co. at La Biennale Paris 2018,
Rosenberg & Co.
Rosenberg & Co. at Fine Arts Paris,
Rosenberg & Co.

One of the earliest modern painters inspired by the art and philosophy of the Far East, Julius Bissier is best known for his abstract ink paintings. Working primarily through a technique of “wash drawing” in black India ink, he used deceptively simple gestures that were simultaneously controlled and spontaneous, in the manner of Chinese monochrome painting. Bissier was strongly influenced by Taoism, and through Constantin Brancusi gained an understanding of art as an act of meditation. He painted biomorphic forms, detritus, symbols, and abstract explorations of color. Bissier developed a technique of egg-and-oil tempera for the later works on small canvas he called “miniatures”—symbolically rich compositions of multiple, densely colored washes.

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