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Julius Bissier

German, 1893–1965

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Julius Bissier

German, 1893–1965

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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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Biography

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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Kunstmuseum Basel, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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