Philippe VISSON
(1942 - 2008)


Philippe Visson, painter of Russian origin parents, was born in New York in 1942 and died in 2008 in Montreux, Switzerland. His mother historian of art and Parisian, was editor of the Gazette des Beaux-Arts for 30 years, while his father, a famous political journalist, worked for The Washington Post.
Visson is primarily known for his unique style. He works painting by contrasting color patches, shaping portraits and iconic scenes (eg dentist, the virgin and child, etc.).
The artist has lived all his life between France, Switzerland and the United States.

It is thanks to the wife of the Parisian publisher Churchill, who once offered him a paint box that Visson had the desire to paint. Its difficult adolescence causes him to paint a rage. At 16, he exhibited in New York, after his first public Carven in Paris. Then follow the exhibitions of Monte Carlo and Geneva. He then enters a disorder when he seeks in alcohol.

After sailing the mundane and the cultural scene in Washington, New York and Paris, he isolates himself to work on a new work. It works sometimes for over 48 hours and only its "masters" are authorized to consult, Thévoz Michel, Jean Leymarie, René Berger and René Huyghe. Visson eventually persuaded and exhibits her work.

He left the United States to go to Switzerland with her mother. He lodges at the Tour-de-Peilz. Visson Philippe continued to paint and exhibit, while going back and forth with the United States. He finally settled with his wife and daughter Paccots. He directed several hundreds of works and in 1988, while on live at a tv show from TSR (RTS) he painted a panel of 300 x 500 cm.

He moved to the Montreux Palace and began a series of charitable work. It always fascinated portraits and landscape of the Vaud Riviera. His works join many public and private funds, such as the Cantonal Museum of Fine Arts (Lausanne, 1977), the Collection de l'Art Brut (Lausanne, 1983), Georgetown University, Washington, etc.



- The State Fine Arts Museum of Lausanne
- California State University at Northridge, California
- Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
- Staatliches Museum, Kassel
- Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
- Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne
- The Federal Cultural Affairs Department, Bern
- La Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne
- The State Fine Arts Museum, Aarau