Roger Lersy, French (1920 - 2004)

Roger Lersy

Roger Lersy was a painter, lithographer and musician-composer born in Paris on April 2, 1920, who lived in Forges-les-Bains (Essonne) where he died in 2004. He belongs to the École de Paris Is situated in the movement of the Young Painting.

Roger Lersy, the son of a decorator, studied the piano from his earliest childhood, after entering school and for three years at the École supérieure des arts applied Duperré. Since then he began to paint, he then practiced logically the craft of decorator, continuing however between 1950 and 1954 musical studies of very high level with Christmas Gallon, continuing after 1954 (year galleries, both in Paris and (Painting, canvas, watercolors, tapestry cardboard boxes) and music.

From 1961 to 1968, Roger Lersy lives in the United States. Beginning in 1970, he made his solo exhibitions, among others in Paris, London, Geneva, Houston, Los Angeles and New York.

In front of two quarries, Roger Lersy has left paintings that are seen all "of rhythms and tremors ... In his paintings, the motif develops according to a melancholy line with chords, pauses and cadences well concerted. Lersy could be defined as a Baroque expressionist "6. For Bernard Dorival, Roger Lersy is with Gabriel Dauchot, Jean Commère and Raymond Guerrier among "the most noted champions of this expressionism which is part of the continuation of Bernard Buffet's miserabilism".

Roger Lersy's lesser-known parts, he also studied mosaic, sculpture and stained glass, and began to create public buildings (town halls, colleges, etc.), private (corporate) and religious buildings.

Roger Lersy does not belong to musicalism in painting in the sense that the word "musicalism" refers historically to a group of painters formed around Henri Valensi from 1932. But if we admit with Raymond Bayer in his Review Of aesthetics that "musicalism is not a school but a doctrine of art, a set of knowledge constituting a system", the term can then, by extension, be compared to Roger Lersy in whom music and aesthetic effects His arabesques and hatched lines of "incredible virtuosity" for the one, his bottoms of streaks always of a "spectacular virtuosity" for the other), remain in permanent link.

The son of Roger Lersy, François Lyres (his name lends itself ideally to the musical anagram), is also draftsman, painter and musician.

Solo Exhibitions

Galerie Bourdon, Paris, 1946.
Galerie Drouant-David, à partir de 194819.
Bestiaire de Lersy, Galerie Fricker, Paris, mai-juin 1958 (affiche: lithographie de Roger Lersy imprimée aux ateliers Fernand Mourlot).
Galerie Motte, Paris, 1960, 1961.
International Arts Galleries, North-Center, Chicago (Illinois), février-mars 1962.
Roger Lersy, Impressions de Venise, International Arts Galleries, North-Center, Chicago, novembre-décembre 1963.
Galerie Documenta, Paris, octobre-novembre 1977.
Galerie Bourdon, Paris, 1986.
Roger Lersy, Œuvres récentes, Galerie Jean Tout, Paris, 1991.
Rétrospective Roger Lersy, Galerie Florence Basset, Moulin de la Grande Bastide, Flassans-sur-Issole, 2003.

Select Group Exhibitions

L'École de Paris, Galerie Charpentier, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1961-2.
Salon de Mai 1955.
Salon des peintres témoins de leur temps, Palais Galliera, 1957Note 5, 1961, 1963.
Aspects of the School of Paris: Duilio Barnabé, Philippe Cara Costea, Antoni Clavé, Roger Lersy, International Galleries, Chicago, septembre-octobre 1960.
Exposition mondiale du livre le plus cher du monde : L'Apocalypse, Éditions Joseph Forêt, 1961, exemplaire unique, 210 kg20. Illustré par Salvador Dalí, Tsugouharu Foujita, Jean Cocteau, Roger Lersy, Leonor Fini, Georges Mathieu, Michel Ciry, Pierre-Yves Trémois, Bernard Buffet, Ossip Zadkine, Ernst Fuchs et Albert Decaris. Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, avril-mai 1961.
De Bonnard à Baselitz, dix ans d'enrichissements du Cabinet des Estampes, Cabinet des estampes de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, 19921.
La réalité retrouvée - La Jeune Peinture - Paris, 1948-1958: Richard Bellias, Bernard Buffet, Philippe Cara Costea, Gabriel Dauchot, Roger Lersy, Bernard Lorjou, André Minaux, Paul Rebeyrolle, Gaëtan de Rosnay, Musée Estrine, Saint-Rémy de Provence, 2010.
Trois dessinateurs et peintres s'exposent: Roger Lersy, François Lyres, René Morchoisne, Montulé-Maison des arts, Dreux, avril-mai 2014.
Vingt ans de passion: Raymond Guerrier, Roger Lersy, François Heaulmé, Bernard Lorjou, Yvonne Mottet, Bernard Buffet, André Minaux... Galerie Florence Basset, Flassans-sur-Issole, juin-août 2015.
Les insoumis de l'art moderne - Paris, les années 50, Musée Mendjisky-Écoles de Paris, Paris, octobre-décembre 2016.


Musée national d'art moderne, Paris.
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris.
Cabinet des estampes de la Bibliothèque nationale, Paris.
Fonds national d'art contemporain, Paris.
Institut national des sciences appliquées de Toulouse, deux tableaux, 300X500cm chacun.
Collection Jeune Peinture (destinée au futur Musée de la Jeune Peinture).

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