Charles Levier, (French-American, 1920 - 2004)
Oil painting on canvas, beach land
scape with boats, signed LR "Levier", old gallery label on
the back, canvas size 24" x 30" in original parcel gilt frame.
frame size: 30" x 36"
Charles Levier 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
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 his paintings.
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.