ARTWORKS

BIOGRAPHY

Gaston Suisse (1896-1988) is considered one of the most influential interior designer of the 1930’s. From a family of artists, he started drawing as a child and showed at an early age a strong interest in animals and the Far East arts.

He regularly visits the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, fascinated by the big cats and the exotic residents of the majestic aviaries whose shapes and bountiful colours inspire him. There he befriends Paul Jouve who takes him to the Antwerp’s zoo and introduces him to Rembrandt Bugatti. He studies at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs of Paris while researching lacquering technics on his own in the Studio converted at his parents’ house.

During World War I, the young SUISSE is mobilised and brings back numerous landscapes drawings from his tours. He finds Jouve in Thessaloniki over the course of 1917. Demobilized in 1919, he finishes his course at the Arts Décoratifs and perfects his lacquering skills starting with a vegetal based lacquer that he improves with a new synthetic varnish process allowing him to widen his chromatic range and effects such as the use of golden leaves or eggshells inlay.

His decors on panels, windscreens, pedestal and regular tables, objects or other stylised pieces of furniture are presented on the occasion of exhibitions or Parisian salons and are a great success with the art collectors of the time.
His participation to the Exposition Coloniale of 1931 is also much noted. During the 1937 Exhibition, he is awarded the gold medal for a magnificent monumental lacquered décor created for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Gaston SUISSE then collaborates with prestigious names such as the Galeries Lafayette for who he produces glass-windows boards for the 1925 Exhibition, the designers Brandt, Jansen and Ruhlmann as well as Hermès for who he creates a hundred of lacquered boxes for the American market.

Alongside his preparatory drawings, his prolific work of lacquered panels picturing exotic animals and much rare of furniture with geometrical decors stands as one of the most iconic of his time and is nowadays internationally sought after. 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Since 1924, Gaston Suisse regularly participated the exhibitions at Salon des Animaliers, Salon d’Automne, Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.
Besides, Gaston Suisse also exhibited his artworks in the following solo exhibitions or group exhibitions:

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

1932 Galerie d’Art du Journal
1933 Galerie d’Art du Journal
1942 Galerie Boyer with a permanent exhibition
1953-1982 Galerie Boyer with a permanent exhibition
1955 Galerie des peintres voyageurs
1938-1953 Galerie Suisse with a permanent exhibition
1977 Galerie Katia Granoff
1980 Galerie Katia Granoff
2000 Musée de Vernon
2007 Valbonne-Sophia Antipolis
2013 Galerie Félix Marcilhac, Paris
2014 Galerie Geneviève Marty, Cannes

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1924 Galerie Jean Charpentier
1925 Galerie Jean Charpentier
1926 Musée Galliéra
1927 Galerie Brandt
1927 Galerie Jean Charpentier
1927 Musée Galliéra
1928 Galerie Drouant
1929 Galerie Jean Charpentier
1929 Galerie Drouant
1930 Galerie Drouant
1932 Galerie Drouant
1931 Exposition Coloniale Internationale de Paris
1931 Galerie Georges Petit
1932 Galerie Brandt
1932 Galerie Georges Petit
1933 Galerie Malesherbes
1937 Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques de Paris
1938 Galerie Malesherbes
1946 Galerie L’Art vivant
1949 Cercle Volney
1955 Chateau de Cleres
1957 Cercle Volney
1960 Salon de la Societe des Beaux Arts de Brunoy
1971 Cité Internationale des Arts à Paris
1971 Galerie « à l’Enseigne du cerceau »
1976 Musée Bellerive de Zurich
1981 Chateau d’Harcourt
1994 Museum d’Orléans
1996 Museum d’Orléans
1998 Museum d’Orléans
1995-2001 Salon des Animaliers de Bry-sur-Marne
2002 Dallas Museum of Art
2004 Dallas Museum of Art
2007 Musée des Beaux Arts de Reims
2007 Musée de Vernon
2013 Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris
2015 Ville de Saint Quentin
         Peabody Essex Museum de Salem, Massachusset USA Ocean liners
2018 Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Grande Bretagne Ocean liners
2018 “Art Deco in Luxembourg”, Musée du Luxembourg, April
2018 “When Art Deco seduced the world”, French May, Hong Kong 2018/2019 “Art Deco in the Arab countries, exchanges and in uences”,
Musée de l‘Immigration, Palais de la porte doré

HORNOURS

Sociétaire de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts Sociétaire du salon d’automne
Sociétaire de la Société des Artistes Français Sociétaire de la Fondation du Baron Taylor Sociétaire de la Société des Artistes Animaliers
Médaille d’or de la ville de Paris, 1913.
Médaille d’or de la ville de Paris, 1914.
Médaille d’argent de l’Exposition Internationale des Arts décoratifs et Industriels modernes, 1925, Paris.
Grand prix du Salon d’Automne, 1926, Paris.
Grand prix de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1930, Paris.
Médaille d’or de l’Exposition Coloniale Internationale de 1931, Paris.
Grand prix de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, 1934, Paris.
Prix Puvis de Chavanne, 1936 - Paris.
Médaille d’or de l’Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques, 1937, Paris.
Médaille d’argent, au concours de la Société d’Encouragement à l’Art, 1939, Paris.

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France
Musée de l’Armée (hôtel des invalides à Paris), France
Musée des années trente, Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Musée des Beaux Arts du Havre, France
Musée des Beaux Arts de Reims, France
Musée de la ville d’ Issy les Moulineaux, France
Musée d’Art et d’Industrie - Roubaix, France
Musée départemental de l’Oise - Beauvais, France
Musée Municipal de la Ville de Vernon, France
Musée des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Belgique
Musée national d’histoire et d’art de Luxembourg, Luxembourg Palais du Maharadja d’Indore, Indes
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, USA

EXHIBITIONS

2018.09.22 – 2018.10.12
Galerie Dumonteil Paris
2017.12.16 – 2018.03.10
Shanghai, Chine
2017.10.26 – 2017.11.25
New York, USA

PUBLICATIONS