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Woman in a Straw Hat
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021. Photo credit: York Museums Trust

Woman in a Straw Hat 1915–1920

Roger Bissière (1886–1964)

York Museums Trust

French painter, sculptor, teacher, and writer on art. He was born in Villeréal in the province of Lot-et-Garonne and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, the nearest large city. His early works consisted mainly of landscapes of the local countryside. In 1910 he moved to Paris, where he earned his living as a journalist for some time while continuing to paint. He did not exhibit his work until 1920, first at the *Salon d'Automne, then at the *Salon des Indépendants. At this time he was influenced by *Cubism, which he attempted to ‘humanize’ (in 1920–21 he wrote articles for L'Esprit nouveau (see Ozenfant), in which he espoused the classical rigour of great French painters of the past—Corot, Ingres, and Seurat; he also wrote the first monograph to be published on *Braque, in 1921).

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

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