Julius Bissier 1893-1965
T00362 20. Jan. 59 Zurich1959
Inscribed '20. Jan. 59 | Jules Bissier' t.l.
Oil tempera on batiste, overall dimensions approx. 7 7/8 x 9 1/4 (20 x 23.5); width very irregular
Purchased from Gimpel Fils (Grant-in-Aid) 1960
Prov:With Gimpel Fils, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh:Julius Bissier, Gimpel Fils, London, May 1970 (57) as '20. Jan. 59 Zürich'; Julius Bissier: 70th Year Retrospective, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, November-December 1963 (50); Arts Club of Chicago, December 1963-January 1964 (50); Detroit Institute of Arts, February-March 1964 (50); UCLA Art Galleries, Los Angeles, June-July 1964 (50); Julius Bissier (1893-1965): A Retrospective Exhibition, San Francisco Museum of Art, September-October 1968 (84); Phillips Collection, Washington, November-December 1968 (84); Carnegie Institute Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, January-February 1969 (84); Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, March-April 1969 (84); Guggenheim Museum, New York, May-June 1969 (84)
When asked about the way he worked and whether this picture was entirely abstract, the artist replied as follows (letter of April 1961): 'I think I can only say, in answer to your question about my working methods, that I am not in a position to define what abstract art really is - is not all true art fundamentally abstract? To abstract means "to take from" ..…