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Roger Lersy
Abstract Cubist Watercolor Painting by Roger Lersy

circa 1950

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Watercolor painting on paper by Roger Lersy (France - 1920 - 2004). Stunning abstract cubist composition with a colorful design from the "Telstar" series executed by the artist in Paris in the 1950s. The signature on the bottom right corner reads R. Lersy. The watercolor was newly reframed in an elegant wood frame with navy blue PU leather wrapping, beige jute matte, and acrylic glass protection. Measurements: With frame: 33.50 in. wide (83.50 cm) x 17 in. high (43.25 cm). Opening view: 25.20 in. wide (64 cm) x 8.66 in. (22 cm). About: Roger Lersy is a French painter, lithographer, and composer, born in Paris on April 2, 1920, and died in Orsay on June 22, 2004. He belongs to the School of Paris and the Young Painting movement. Roger Lersy was born in the 18th arrondissement of Paris on April 2, 1920. Studying the piano from his earliest childhood, likewise beginning to draw on his father's lap, Roger Lersy, son of a decorator, enters after his schooling and for three years at the École supérieure des arts appliqués Duperré in Paris. He lives at 19 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine and begins to paint. He also worked as a decorator and pursued higher musical studies, in parallel with Noël Gallon, between 1950 and 1954. After 1954, the year when galleries, both in Paris and abroad, began to exhibit him regularly, he practiced painting (canvases, watercolors, tapestry cartoons) and music. From 1961 to 1968, Lersy lived in the United States. In 1970, he went on to solo exhibitions in Paris, London, Geneva, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York. Roger Lersy was initiated into the first degree of Freemasonry in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in 1979 at the Loge du Grand Val in the Paris region and later at the Grande Loge de France. Leading two careers at the same time, Roger Lersy has left paintings that present themselves as so many rhythms and tremors. In his paintings, the motif develops along a melancholy line with well-concerted chords, pauses, and cadences. One could define Lersy as a baroque expressionist. For Bernard Dorival, Roger Lersy is, along with Gabriel Dauchot, Jean Commère, and Raymond Guerrier, among the most noted champions of this expressionism, which follows on from the misery of Bernard Buffet. Lesser-known parts of Roger Lersy, he was also interested in mosaics, sculpture, and stained glass and undertook creations for public and private buildings. Roger Lersy does not belong to "Musicalism" in painting in a way that the word "Musicalism" historically refers to a group of painters formed around Henri Valensi in 1932. But if we accept, as Raymond Bayer says in his review of aesthetics, that musicalism is not a school but a doctrine of art, a set of knowledge constituting a system, the term can then, for extension, be assimilated to Roger Lersy. With Lersy, the music and the aesthetic effects (its arabesques and hatched lines of incredible virtuosity for one, its striated backgrounds always of spectacular virtuosity for the other) remain in permanent contact. Roger Lersy died in Orsay (Essonne) on June 22, 2004. Quotes from Lersy: "Noises, cries, movements and gestures, imprecise memories of overlapping emotions. Then from unpredictable conflicts is born a new figuration of the tyrannic world that I undergo, and contaminated object sees its form burst and projects its colors beyond its real limits." "When I work, instinct guides me. I watch my hand, and I see it move. I ask it to stop when shapes and colors have become shadows and light to glorify life. Alas, sometimes they sing out of tune. But after all, life doesn't always sing in tune." (Credit: Wikipedia).
  • Creator:
    Roger Lersy (1920 - 2004, French)
  • Creation Year:
    circa 1950
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 17 in (43.18 cm)Width: 33.5 in (85.09 cm)Depth: 1 in (2.54 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 2V0011stDibs: LU1212211828912
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