Born in San Francisco, CA on March 10, 1854, the son of Dr. José Pissis of Paris. Emile was a lifelong resident of San Francisco and a cofounder of the San Francisco Art Ass'n in 1871. In that year he went to Paris for four years of study at Académie Julian. A man of wealth, he never sold a picture and seldom exhibited. He remained a bachelor and spent his leisure roaming the Marin hills, fishing, hunting, and painting. Many of his landscapes and portraits were lost in the 1906 earthquake and fire. His brother, Albert, was a well-known San Francisco architect who designed the Emporium, Flood Bldg, Pacific Union Club, Hibernia Bank, and the Mercantile Trust Bldg. Emile Pissis maintained a luxurious Nob Hill studio-apartment at 18 Plea
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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