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 Andre (Gittelson) Gisson  (1921 - 2003)

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Lived/Active: New York/Connecticut / France      Known for: landscape, still life, portrait and figure painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Many sources cite Andre Gisson as a French painter, but in fact he was a struggling painter in New York City who decided to enhance his reputation by claiming he was French and born earlier (1910) to be more closely aligned with the founders of the Impressionist movement.  His real name, according to his son-in-law, Anthony Winston, was Anders Gittelson.

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.

Source:
Peter Falk, Who Was Who in American Art
Anthony Winston, October 2003


Biography from POCOCK Fine Art & Antiques:
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.

Gisson’s real name was Anders Gittelson.  Born in 1921 in Brooklyn, he graduated from the Pratt Institute and was a Captain in the Army during World War II.  His paintings reflect his adopted Francophile persona, backed by travels and studies in Europe and the Far East and his desire to appear cosmopolitan in background.  Over four decades, his one-man shows extended from New York, Washington, Texas and California to London, Paris and Tokyo.

Gisson's landscapes, beach scenes, and portraits were intended to create a reflective mood of serenity.  The 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.  However, there is little question that the artist approached his subject matter with a singular gesture, and with the “romantic” history of his persona, Gisson has a strong following among collectors of his works.

Paintings by Andre Gisson can be found 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.

Sources:
Who was Who in American Art, Sound View Press, 1999. ; E. Bénezit, Gründ Publishing, 2006; Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide, LTB Gordonsart, Inc., 2007 Edition. Pocock Fine Art & Antiques website (www.pocockfineart.com) © 2009.

Biography from Newman Galleries:
Impressionist painter, Andre Gisson, was born in New York in 1929,and 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.

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. Newman Galleries has represented his work since 1957, and his paintings are found in many prominent collections in the Philadelphia area.

Several of Gisson’s paintings have been published and distributed internationally.

Biography from Artworld International:
GISSON, Andre
French, 20th century
Born 1910
Painter, Figures, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes.
Though Andre’ Gisson painted many view of Paris, his works seem to be found mainly in the USA.

-Benezit Dictionary of Artist, submitted by Karen Ledbetter

Biography from Edgartown Art Gallery (outo of business):
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."

"When I begin to paint, certain remembered sensations come to me and it is these that I translate into visual form and related subjects. These subjects-- people, the nude, florals, landscapes, beaches, etc., recur constantly like obsessive memories. For the most part they are the common universal experiences of all of us, neither contemporary nor out of an antique past, but with a sentiment which I hope is recognizable to others at any time."

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