This well-acclaimed impressionist painter has a fascinating biography. I have always loved his work but unfortunately did not start collection it until after his prices rose. His high reported public price was $13,750.00, however his work sells for even more in galleries.
Artist: André Gisson (French/American, 1921-2003)
Title: "Summer Rest"
Medium: Oil on canvas.
Size: 12 by 16 inches (30.5 by 40.6 cm) Framed 19 by 23 inches,
Signed lower left: Gisson
Rosemary Miner's Gallery Americana, Carmel, California..
Condition: Unlined canvas. Good to Very Good Vintage Condition with no visible issues to note.
BIOGRAPHY: Although many sources cite him as a French painter, Andre Gisson was in reality a struggling painter in New York City. To enhance his reputation, he claimed to be French and adopted the brush name of André Gisson. He also professed to have been born in 1910 rather than his true birth date of 1921, to be more closely aligned with the founders of the Impressionist movement. He studied art at the Pratt Institute. After graduation, he joined the United States Armed Services and resumed his career in art upon his return to New York. Gisson continued his studies in Europe, where he came under the influence of the great French impressionists.
Following is an obituary of the artist from the New York Times Classifieds, 8/24/2003:
GITTELSON--Anders. A leading American Realist painter, he died on July 28 in Atlanta after a long illness. He was 81. Gittelson, whose brush name was Gisson, was born in 1921 in Brooklyn. He graduated from the Pratt Institute and was a Captain in the Army during World War II. Over four decades, his one-man shows extended from New York, Washington, Texas and California to London, Paris and Tokyo.
His work is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Triton Museum of Art, in North Carolina. Among his private collectors were President Lyndon B. Johnson and W. Somerset Maugham. He lived and worked in Westport, Connecticut for 25 years prior to his illness. He was pre-deceased by his sons Glen and David Gittelson and survived by his daughter Cathy Gittelson Winston of Atlanta and his stepchildren Gwen Pier of New York, Bruce Graham of Fairfield, Conn., and Eric Putzig of Bali, Indonesia.
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Anthony Winston, October 2003
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ANDRE GISSON (French/American, 1921-2003) Original Signed Oil On Canvas "Summer Rest"