Notre-Dame de Paris Oil on Canvas Painting in Carved Gilt Frame Signed Gisson
Set in a carved giltwood frame, the painting depicts one of Paris most iconic monuments, Notre-Dame; the artwork of the cathedral at dawn is signed on the bottom right corner by the artist, Andre Gisson. The oil on canvas is in excellent condition with soft pastel colors. Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité. The cathedral is consecrated to the Virgin Mary and considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. Its pioneering use of the rib vault and flying buttress, its enormous and colorful rose windows, as well as the naturalism and abundance of its sculptural decoration set it apart from the earlier Romanesque style. Major components that make Notre Dame Stand out include one of the world’s largest organs and its immense church bells The cathedral’s construction was begun in 1160 under Bishop Maurice de Sully and was largely complete by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the French Revolution; much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. In the 19th century, the cathedral was the site of the coronation of Napoleon I and funerals of many Presidents of the Republic. While undergoing renovation and restoration, the roof of Notre-Dame caught fire on the evening of 15 April 2019. Burning for around 15 hours, the cathedral sustained serious damage, including the destruction of the flèche (the timber spire over the crossing) and most of the lead-covered wooden roof above the stone vaulted ceiling. Andre Gisson (1921-2003). Many sources cite André Gisson as a French painter, but in fact he was simply a struggling New York City artist, who decided to enhance his reputation by claiming he was French and that he was born 11 years earlier (1910). Both devices were intended to more closely align himself with the founders of the Impressionist movement. His real name was Anders Gittelson. Gittelson was, in fact born in Brooklyn, and lived for most of his life in Westport, CT. He graduated from Pratt Institute and was an Army Captain during World War II. After the war and over four decades, his one-man gallery shows extended from New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Texas and California to London, Paris and Tokyo. Reflective and serene, Gisson’s painting style was directly inspired by the French Impressionists. Like them, he mastered a technique that painted color as light, by manipulating paint and impasto with short, broken brushwork. Still life paintings, rendered in a softly romantic but vibrant palette are consistent throughout the artist’s oeuvre. Measures: 25.5″ W x 21.5″ H.
|Dimensions||25.5" W x 1.5" D x 21.5" H|
Late 20th Century