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Félix LABISSE

1905-1982
Félix LABISSE

Born in 1905 in the north of France, Félix Labisse divided his time between France and Belgium. He died in 1982.

His first works were influenced by Ensor and Flemish expressionism.

Although seen as a surrealist painter, he nevertheless remained on the sidelines of André Breton’s movement, who did not recognize him as belonging to the group.

His work explores the limits of the fantastic, of ritual, magic and eroticism.

His female characters with lascivious and coloured bodies move in a strange and timeless world.

In 1964 the first blue women appeared in his paintings, contributing to his reputation.

In parallel to his career as a painter, Labisse worked as a set designer for theatre, dance and opera.