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19. Febr. 59 B

© Archivio Bissier, Ascona/DACS 2021. Photo credit: The Pier Arts Centre

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This abstract oil tempera painting is prominently signed and dated on the front by Bissier. A sequence of black improvised gestures forms a motif, which sits upon a ground of pale wash. The application of a single point of red pigment highlights the ambiguous form that occupies the upper portion of the work. A product of the artist's subconscious, the shape suggests both figure and building. Bissier was one of the first modern painters to draw his inspiration from Eastern cultures and philosophy.

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oil tempera on textile


H 19.8 x W 23 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Margaret Gardiner, 1979

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Inscription description

1. '19. Febr. 59 B / Jules Bissier'. 2. [illegible script]. 3. 'Jules Bissier / 19 Feb '59'. 4. '3'. 5. exhibition sticker label for Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums (Pier Gallery Collection 1978). 6. exhibition sticker label for Tate (Pier Gallery Collection 20th Sept-29th Oct 1978).


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