Bissiere, Roger

Roger Bissière was a French painter known for his unique contribution to Cubism. Along with his paintings, Bissière also produced a set of stained-glass windows for a cathedral in the town of Metz.


Born on September 22, 1886 in Villeréal, France, he moved to Bordeaux in 1901, where he  later attended the École des Beaux-Arts. Bissière relocated to Paris in 1910 and befriended André Lhote and Georges Braque.


“The good painter is the one who buries a colour every day,” he once said.  


In Paris, he began painting in a Cubist idiom that was influenced by an interest in Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Pablo Picasso’s Neoclassical work. However, by the 1950s, Bissière had adopted a much more abstract approach to producing paintings, in which he used stains of rich colour to compose each work rather than representational forms.


He died on December 2, 1964 in Marminiac, France. Today, his works are held in the collections of the Tate Gallery in London, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and many others.