(French, 1888–1964) was a French painter associated with the École de Paris. Having befriended André Lhote
and Georges Braque
in Paris, Bissière was encouraged to develop a more humanized version of Cubism. As such, he enriched orthodox Cubism by applying the Fauve technique of heavy brushwork to its usual pictorial vocabulary. Simultaneously, Bissière was engaged by Pablo Picasso
’s research into advancing Cubism, which brought him to Neo-Classicism. Bissière’s unremitting investigations into the survival of Cubism ultimately pushed him to abstraction.
Bissière left Paris in 1939, and, in the 1940s, began a series of wall hangings inspired by medieval tapestry, using rectangular forms made from fabric, roughly stitched together. Bissière also created sculptures out of iron machinery and pieces of wood, exemplifying the bricolage aesthetic.
After undergoing treatment for glaucoma, he painted almost exclusively in egg tempera on cardboard, wood, and paper. In the late 1950s, he returned to oil painting, and later designed stained-glass windows for the Metz Cathedral.