Southport Galleries and Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers have announced the world premiere exhibition of paintings by American artist, Robert H. (Hyman) Bizinsky [1915-1982]. This trove of never-before-seen, colorfully animated scenes of Paris and the French countryside, were painted en plein air post-War Paris thanks to the “golden age” of the G.I. Bill.
An Atlanta native and Army combat engineer, “Biz” Bizinky used this vocational opportunity to catch the tail end of the School of Paris, studying under the eminent painter, Achille Emile Othon Friesz, who wasa disciple of Cézanne. Biz’s discerning eye and responsive brush capture his Paris odyssey, from its cafes to the fields of the countryside.
Bizinsky’s adventures were featured in Life Magazine in 1949, which documented the struggling artists of his generation who attempted to gain a toehold in the art world while living “‘la vie boheme” as “new expatriates.”
The cache of over 80 canvases, safe-guarded by the artist’s widow, Eleanor Anita Guggenheim, were first discovered in 1989 by art expert Gene Shannon, founder of Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers in Milford. This year they decided it was time to share it with the world in this special installation hosted by Southport Galleries Nov. 5 – Dec. 31.
Before the war, Bizinsky attended art classes at the school at Atlanta’s High Art Museum and attended Hans Hoffmann’s legendary Provincetown art class. To support his art studies, he rose quickly as the resident artist at The Atlanta Constitution developing a talent for a “quick sketch” as a journalist on a deadline. This artistic approach was further honed on the North African battlefield where he produced over 580 drawings, sketches and watercolors, now in the U.S. Army Historical Center collection in Washington, D.C.
After wandering through Europe and Israel in the early 1950s, Bizinsky settled in Los Angeles where he was a respected member of the local arts scene.
Famed playwright and essayist Christopher Isherwood said of the artist, “Bizinsky’s work has a quality which stimulates greatly…He can make you share his appetite for a scene so that you wish you could eat it. I suppose Bizinsky gets this affect by his highly evocative use of color. But behind this brightness, there is something more mysterious.”