Andre Gisson

 

Artist Biography:

Andre Gisson was born with the name Anders Gittelson and lived in Westport, Connecticut for most of his life. However, his paintings reflect his extensive travels and studies in Europe and the Far East and his desire to appear cosmopolitan in background. Gisson's landscapes, beach scenes, and portraits were intended to create a reflective mood of serenity. His still lifes show Japanese influence in his work, while the French influence is more pronounced in his landscapes, beach scenes and studies of the human figure. Gisson believed that it is the role of the artist to extend or "explain" perception and feeling and in this way enlarge the total human vision...."Flowers for me are a way of feeling certain effects of light and conversely, light is a means for expressing something very personal about the way I experience flowers." Throughout his career, Gisson has developed and refined the style and technique of impressionism, with its small broken brushwork and soft, vibrant colors. A versatile artist, he is equally adept at painting landscapes, coastal scenes, still lifes, and portraits. His landscapes depict the French countryside, where he paints every summer, and the region around Lake Mahopac in upstate New York, where he lived for many years. Gisson has exhibited in leading art galleries throughout the country, from New York to Texas, and from Philadelphia to California. 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.

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