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Julius Bissier, Vessel (detail), 1964, lithograph on paper, 11 ¾ x 14 ¼ in © 2013 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Julius Bissier: Selected Works 1956 to 1963

Location: Second-floor gallery On View: October 4, 2013 - March 31, 2014

Julius Bissier: Selected Works 1956 to 1963 showcases an intimate collection of 11 small-scale drawings, prints and paintings by German artist and designer Julius Bissier (1893–1965).

In the latter half of his career, on which this exhibition focuses, Bissier worked on small formats, frequently in India ink. Between 1947 and 1954 he made color monotypes, wood engravings and India ink drawings, then began in 1955 and 1956 to make miniatures in oil tempera and watercolor. Five of the 11 works in the exhibition employ this technique.

In 1961, Bissier moved to Ascona, Switzerland, where he came in contact with the Bechtler family who not only befriended the artist but also collected his work. (The permanent collection of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art comprises works donated by the Bechtler family.) The landscape, climate and colors of Ascona had a stimulating effect on Bissier. Six of the works in this exhibition were created after he moved to the region.

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