| Charles Levier, French (1920 - 2003)
Throughout the world are to be found his
paintings in countless private and public collections by the
highly successful French painter, Charles Levier. Among those
who are collectors are Mr. And Mrs. Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra,
Adlai Stevenson, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Prince and Princess
Poniatoski, Mrs. Dan Topping, Mr. And Mrs. Dean Martin and many
He was born in 1920 of a French father and American mother in
Corsica. He held a fascination with color and form that led
him, at age seventeen, to the Ecole Nationale Superieure des
Arts Decoratifs for private studies. World War II came along
and Levier served in the French Army in North Africa, later
becoming Liaison Officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.
Coming to America, to live, he divided his time between the
USA and France, preparing for his first one-man show, which
took place at the Galerie Constantine, in Lyons in 1949, followed
by an American debut in Los Angeles in 1950. The year 1955 found
him exhibiting at the Galleries de Colisee in Paris and then
returning to America where an old friend, Dr. Lilienfeld of
Van-Diemen, Lilienfeld Gallery in New York City began to present
Dr. Lilienfelds taste was widely respected and his scholarship
much reported since he had helped to compile and write biographies
for the definitive are reference work in German, Thieme-Becker.
His personal enthusiasm for and recommendation of Leviers work
was instrumental in establishing him as a significant artist,
and proved a most valuable introduction to innumerable collectors.
He is represented in the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Menton Museum in Paris. In the USA, his work can be found in the permanent collection of the Atlanta Museum, the Seattle Museum, the Evansville Museum, the New Orleans Museum and the San Diego Museum. Charles Levier died on September 3rd of 2003.