(b Villeréal, Lot-et-Garonne, 22 Sept 1886; d Boïssiérettes, Lot, 2 Dec 1964).
French painter. Son of a lawyer, he attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Algiers in 1904 before enrolling at that of Bordeaux the following year. He moved to Paris in 1910 and passed briefly through the atelier of Gabriel Ferrier (18841916) at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Bissière became a journalist in 1912 but by 1914 had exhibited a design for a fresco of Daphnis and Chloe at the Salon des Indépendants. From 1919 he exhibited regularly at the Paris salons, becoming an accepted figure among both the Salon Cubists and the adherents of the later rappel à lordre that advocated a return to Classical values. He wrote the first monograph on Georges Braque (1920) for Léonce Rosenbergs Galerie de lEffort Moderne, where he was offered a contract and one-man show in 1921, and published articles on Seurat (Oct 1920), Ingres (Jan 1921) and Corot (June 1921) for the Purist periodical LEsprit Nouveau.
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