Pierre Bittar French Impressionist Artist  
 

Pierre Bittar: French Impressionist Artist

 
 

 

Biography

 

February 13, 1934 Birth of Pierre Bittar. His father is a musician his mother is a descendant of the House of Savoie.

1939: His parents encourage young Pierre whose talent for drawing and coloring is already apparent.

1940-1952: He uses all his leisure time to paint and to visit museums where he spends hours in front of paintings, studying the techniques of the Great Masters. Among his favorite artists were Rembrandt, the Impressionists in general, and Monet in particular.

1953: The death of his father makes it impossible for him to continue his studies. He is employed with NCR, a multinational data processing company; Pierre takes evening classes in painting at the Academie Leonard de Vinci.

1956: Finishes his study at the Academie. Practices plein-air painting in the company of his professor, and begins portrait painting using himself and members of his family as subjects.

1963: Exhibition at the Potterat Gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland.

1973: Awarded Medal at the Salon du Chesany, France.

1974: Exhibition at the Cultural Center of Parly 2, Le Chesany, France.

1975: Awarded First Prize and Medal of the city of Nice.

1976: Awarded Gold Medal at the Salon du Chesany. Participates for his first time at the Salon de Artistes Francais held at the Grand Palais, Paris, where all three paintings submitted are accepted. Awarded the Silver Medal and the Paul Liot Prize. Group show at the Marcel Bernheim Gallery.

1977: Awarded the first Grand Prix of Visitors to the Salon du Chesnay. Acquisition of one of his paintings by the City.

1978: Exhibition at the Salon Leonard de Vinci, Paris.

1979: Awarded the Gold Medal (permanent award) at the Salon des Artiste Francais, Grand Palais. Sought out by several American and British galleries. Bittar sells almost all of his paintings that he had completed on weekends, vacations, and his leisure time.

1980: Leaves NCR to become a full time artist. Exhibition at the Phillips Galleries in Palm Beach, Florida.

1981: Awarded the International Albrecht Durer Prize. Continues exhibiting at the Phillips Galleries and has an Exhibition at the Salon de la Marine, Paris.

1982: In residence in Haute Savoie. Exhibition Salon des Artistes Francais. Exhibition Notre Dame Gallery. In residence in the United States and Exhibition at the Phillips Gallery, Dallas, Texas. Commissioned to paint in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

1984: Exhibition, 2nd Biennale, Boulogne-Sur-Mer. Exhibition at the Pittiglio Gallery, Paris. Two Exhibitions are organized by the Omell Galleries in London and Windsor. Honored guest at the Salon des Peintres du Coteau.

1985: Guest of Honor at the Salon du Chesnay. Exhibition in Carmel, California. Exhibition at the Phillips Galleries in Dallas, Texas. Group Show at the Haussmann Gallery, Paris. Exhibition at the Salon de la Marine, Paris. Group Show at the Newman Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.

1986: Publication of the book, "Pierre Bittar".

1992: Establishes his own Gallery in Harbor Springs, Michigan; showcasing his work exclusively. Continues to travel to France and Italy to paint. Paints commissions and portraits, as well as all the seasons of Northern Michigan. Celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the gallery in 2007.

2000 - Present: Pierre's work is presently displayed at his own Gallery in Harbor Springs, Michigan.

Major Awards

 

1956: Finishes his studies at the Academie and is awarded 1st prize at graduation.

1973: Awarded a medal at the Salon du Chesnay.

1975: Awarded 1st prize and the Gold Medal of the City of Nice.

1976: Awarded Gold Medal at the Salon du Chesnay.

1976: Submits three pieces to the Salon des Artistes Francais at the Grand Palais. All three are accepted and Pierre is awarded the Silver Medal and the Paul Liot Prize.

1977: Awarded 1st Grand Prix of Visitors to the Salon du Chesnay.

1979: Awarded the Gold Medal (permanent award) at the Salon des Artistes Francais, where Impressionist artists were refused in the late 19th century.

1981: Awarded the International Albrecht Durer Prize.

1985: Guest of Honor at the Salon du Chesnay.

1985: Honored Prize at the 'Salon de La Marine' in Paris, where he was invited by the Minister of Defense to spend two weeks painting on board a vessel of the French Marines.

 

One-Man Shows

1981  
Phillips Galleries
West Palm Beach, Florida
 
1982
Notre Dame Gallerie
Paris, France
 
1983
Phillips Galleries
Houston, Texas
 
1984  
Pittiglio Galerie
Paris, France
Omell Galleries
Windsor and London, England
   
1985  
Gateway Gallery
Carmel, California
Phillips Galleries
Dallas, Texas
   
1986  
Newman Galleries
Boston, Massachusetts
Omell Galleries
Windsor and London, England
   
1987  
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York
Newman Galleries
Boston, Massachusetts
   
1988  
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York
Omell Galleries
Windsor and London, England
   
1989  
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York
 
   
1990  
Wally Findlay Galleries
Paris, France
Omell Galleries
Windsor and London, England
   
1991  
Wally Findlay Galleries
Chicago, Illinois
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York
   
1992  
Pierre Bittar Gallery
Harbor Springs, Michigan
Founded by the artist, exhibiting exclusively his work. Paintings on display year round.
Wally Findlay Galleries
Palm Beach, Florida
 
Omell Galleries
Windsor and London, England
 
Wally Findlay Galleries
Paris, France
 
   
1993  
Wally Findlay Galleries
Chicago, Illinois
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York
   
1994  
Wally Findlay Galleries
Palm Beach, Florida
Wally Findlay Galleries
Paris, France
   
1995  
Omell Galleries
London, England
Wally Findlay Galleries
Chicago, Illinois
   
1996  
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York
 
   
1997  
Wally Findlay Galleries
Palm Beach, Florida
Omell Galleries
London, England
Wally Findlay Galleries
Chicago, Illinois
 
   
1998  
Wally Findlay Galleries
Chicago, Illinois
Wally Findlay Galleries
Palm Beach, Florida
   
1999  
Omell Galleries
London, England
Wally Findlay Galleries
New York, New York

       

 
 
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