A. 15 April 64
© DACS 2005

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A. 15 April 64 1964
This is one of Bissier's late works. It is painted in tempera on a cloth prepared by the artist, which is the reason for its uneven edge. Bissier mixed his own pigments to produce rich, transparent colours. Influenced by oriental paintings, Bissier applied paint delicately, with a similar importance placed on line. The delicate, abstract qualities of this painting are balanced by the use of strong areas of colour. Bissier's works tend not to be either fully abstract or figurative but the shapes in his paintings often suggest everyday objects.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Figurative art

A general term for art that refers to the real, visible world, used more specifically for the representation of the human figure.


The colouring element in paint or dye.


An emulsion paint usually made with egg yolks. It is associated with Italian art of the 13th to the 15th centuries and requires a precise painting technique as colours must be premixed and cannot be manipulated on the painting surface.

Abstract art, Figurative art, Pigment, Tempera


  • Acc. No. GMA 1106
  • Medium Tempera on batiste
  • Size 44.50 x 58.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1970