Gaston Chaissac

1910 - 1964
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Gaston Chaissac, "Totem", c.1963 oil on wood 103 x 20 x 9 cm
Gaston Chaissac, "Composition", 1939 ink on paper 25,1 x 32,5 cm

Gaston Chaissac (Avallon, 1910 – La Roche-sur-Yon, 1964) produced an extraordinary and imaginative body of work which was also deliberately kept apart from the great artistic movements of the time. Despite this, him and his work ended up leaving a durable imprint, personal in some cases, artistic in others, in such important personalities of the art world as Otto Freundlich, Albert Gleizes, Auguste Herbin or Jean Dubuffet himself. His ability to maintain his work in the often fruitful thresholds between styles and disciplines makes him one of the most original artists of his time.