Gaston Suisse (1896 – 1988), French

Born on 1st December 1898 in Paris, died on 7th March 1988 in Paris, Gaston Suisse was considered, together with Paul Jouve as one of the most important French animal/nature painters. Graduated in 1913 from the Ecole Graduate School of Decorative Arts in Paris. He got in touch with the nature/animal works of Paul Jouve and he immediatetly decided to follow this art style. Together with Paul Jouve, they painted a lot of animals in the zoo gardens of Antwerp and Hamburg.

Gaston Suisse was mobilized in 1914 and first sent to Verdun, and later to Thessaloniki, Macedonia. There he met Paul Jouve, and both created many crayons, drawings and watercolors from the landscapes and daily live of the people in Thessaloniki, Monastir (Bitola), Prespa, and the region.

After the war, his career exploded with success. He was regarded as the leading artist of the Art Deco style. In the 1920s he made several study trips, and he decorated the Alhambra palace in Algiers. Today, his works can be found in many world leading museums, for example Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Army Museum in Paris, Hotel des Invalides in Paris, Museum of Fine Art in Brussels, etc.


Gaston Suisse 1896-1988 “Mausole du Krani lac de Presba 1917” woodcut in colors
Gaston Suisse 1896-1988 “ Ruie de village en Mаcedoine”- woodcut 1916“Rue de Salonique” crayon
Gaston Suisse 1896-1988 “ Ruie de village en Mаcedoine”- woodcut 1916“Rue de Salonique” crayon

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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