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Léon Gischia Art

French, 1903-1991
French, 1903-1991

Born in the ancient market town of Dax, not far from coastal Biarritz, in southwestern France, Léon Gischia moved to Paris in the early 1920s, where he studied under the French artist Ferdinand Léger in his Montparnasse studio. Alongside artists Amédée Ozenfant and Le Corbusier, Ferdinand Léger was a principal exponent of the Purist movement. Purism’s unique fusion of figurative representation with vibrant Cubism would prove a lifelong influence upon the work of Léon Gischia.

As part of the International Exhibition in Paris, over the summer of 1937, Gischia collaborated with his former-teacher Léger on Le Corbusier’s radical designs for the Pavillon des Temps Nouveaux. A huge tent erected outside the main grounds of the exhibition — and described by a critic of the day as “the most exciting, convincing and easily remembered” — they expressed their vision of an ‘ideal city’ of the future. Fast gaining a significant artistic reputation, Gischia was recognised by influential Parisian art dealer and publisher Jeanne Bucher. His first solo exhibition took place in March 1938 at Bucher’s Montparnasse gallery, and amid garnering critical acclaim, his artistic debut was followed in 1939 by an exhibition at Galerie Alfred Poyet — just north of the Élysée Palace — in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.

After the outbreak of the Second World War and the Nazi invasion in June 1940, Gischia remained in Paris and resolutely resisted the “degenerate” label applied to his work. Along with other artists from the “underground” avant-garde, Gischia successfully exhibited and sold his inventive work throughout the war in “back rooms” at the Galerie Braun and the Galerie de France. Alongside Gischia’s poetic sensibilities and sumptuous work, his wartime stoicism would consolidate his later position as an influential voice of the “School of Paris” group.

Gischia’s fruitful post-war relationship with the Galerie Billiet-Caputo — a stone’s throw from the Galerie Alfred Poyet, for which he exhibited before the war — resulted in his representing France at the 1948 Venice Biennale. This secured his international reputation, and soon, he was exhibiting in private galleries across the world. During the 1950s, Gischia even designed costumes and sets for the Theatre National Populaire in Paris, later writing well-regarded books on sculpture and so-called “primitive art.” Today his work features in public collections throughout Europe and the United States, and during the 1980s — before his death in Venice — Gischia enjoyed numerous internationally acclaimed retrospective exhibitions.

(Biography provided by Stern Pissarro Gallery)

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Abstract Composition - Original Screen Print by Léon Gischia - Late 1900
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
Abstract Composition is an original colored serigraph realized by Léon Gischia during the XX century. Hand-signed in pencil on the lower right. Numbered in pencil on the lower left....
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Late 20th Century Abstract Léon Gischia Art

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Composition by LÉON GISCHIA - Abstract geometric painting, Cubist oil on canvas
By Léon Gischia
Located in London, GB
Composition by LÉON GISCHIA (1903-1991) Oil on canvas 73 x 54 cm (28 ¾ x 21 ¼ inches) Signed and dated lower right, GISCHIA 49 Artist biography Born in the ancient market town of D...
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20th Century Cubist Léon Gischia Art

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Black One - Eyed Man - Original Tempera by Léon Gischia - 1960s
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1960s Abstract Léon Gischia Art

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Tempera

Untitled - Original Screen Print by Léon Gischia - 1970
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1970s Abstract Léon Gischia Art

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Correspondence by Léon Gischia - 1960
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1960s Modern Léon Gischia Art

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Correspondence by Léon Gischia to Nesto - 1950s
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1950s Modern Léon Gischia Art

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Paper, Ink

Happy New Year - Original Drawing by L. Gischia - 1960
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1960s Surrealist Léon Gischia Art

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Permanent Marker

Original Correspondence by L. Gischia to N. Jacometti - 1960
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1960s Surrealist Léon Gischia Art

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Permanent Marker

Original Correspondence by L. Gischia to N. Jacometti - 1954-55
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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1960s Surrealist Léon Gischia Art

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Weight Lifter - Original Lithograph by Léon Gischia - Late 1900
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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Late 20th Century Léon Gischia Art

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Poetical Composition - Original Pen on Cardboard by Léon Gischia - 20th Century
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Located in Roma, IT
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Dark Composition - Original Screen Print by Léon Gischia - Late 1900
By Léon Gischia
Located in Roma, IT
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