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André Gisson
At the Beach (Mothers and Children)
Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in.
André Gisson
Day at the Beach

Oil on canvas
16 x 20 inches

André Gisson

(American, 1928-2003)

Although most modern references claim that Andre Gisson was a Frenchman born in 1910, he is actually an American born in 1928. Gisson grew up poor in Brooklyn, New York, and thought that he would have a more successful career as a French painter practicing Impressionism, so he changed his name from Gittelman to Gisson and set back his birth date to 1910 to seem more distinguished and aged.

Gisson studied at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York City and after graduating he joined the U.S. Armed Services before he became an Impressionist in New York City after he studied Monet, Pissarro, Degas and the rest of the most famous French Impressionists’ canvases in Paris.

Gisson is known for painting beach and street scenes, landscapes, coastal views, still lifes and portraits with broken brushwork and a high-key palette. He painted each summer in France and at Lake Mahopac in upstate New York (where he lived for over 15 years).

Several of Gisson's paintings have been published and many are in important collections in New York, Philadelphia, Boston and France. He is referenced in The Artist's Yearbook (p 332, 2000), Artists in the Southwest Art (p. 64, 1993) and Who Was Who in American Art (p. 1296, 1999).