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Roger Bissière was a French painter, born in 1886 and died in 1964. He is often presented as part of the New School of Paris, post-war. However, he started painting when he was young, in early 1903. He went to Algiers and then to Paris. There, he made various friendships: Gris, Braque, Lhote, etc. His first solo exhibition was held in 1921 at the Rosenberg Gallery and he continued to paint and write articles on various artists until 1939. During the war, Bissière did not paint at all. He continued to draw, however, and in 1944 he exhibited again the pastels he had made that same year. But Bissière was not only a painter: in 1945, he created tapestries from used clothes and pieces of fabric. At the end of the 1950s, he also created stained-glass windows for the cathedral in Metz. Bissière constantly reinvents himself, declaring “my youth began at sixty”. His late work is today the most sought after and the most recognized. It is for example in 1953 that he receives the Grand Prix National des Arts: he is the first painter to whom this award is attributed. He is considered one of the first artists of his generation to introduce non-figurative painting in the 1950s, a path he continued to follow until the end of his life.

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