Charles Levier

(1920-2003)

Biography

Levier was born in 1920 of a French Father and an 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 broke out and Levier served in the French army in North Africa, later becoming Liaison Officer with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. Coming to America to live, he divided his time between the United States and France. His first one-man show took place at the Galerie Constantine in Lyons in 1949, followed by an American debut in Los Angeles in 1950. In 1955, he came to the attention of Dr. Lilienfeld of Van-Diemen, Lilienfeld Gallery in New York City. Dr. Lilienfeld was widely respected, and his personal enthusiasm of Levier’s work was instrumental in establishing him as a significant artist and proved a most valuable introduction to numerous collectors. For over forty years, Levier has enjoyed an important position with countless exhibitions around the world. E. Benezit, “Dictionaires des Peintras, Sculpteurs, Dessinacteurs, et Graveurs, “volume 6, pg. 630, confirms Levier’s solid price structure. In addition, Dr. F.M. Hinkhouse of the Phoenix Art Museum has reviewed the works of Levier and describes him as a master of art, conceiving and executing each of his paintings with the assurance that comes from a combination of basic, instinctive talent, good taste, and formidable creative energy. He is first and foremost a figurative painter, dramatic and expressionistic, definitive yet seductive, yet always subtle with carefully considered colors. Private Collections Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lawford Frank Sinatra Adlai Stevenson Baron Edmund de Rothschild Prince and Princess Pontiatoski Mrs. Dean Martin Museum Collections Modern Art, Paris Menton Museum, Paris Atlanta Museum Seattle Museum Evansville Museum New Orleans Museum San Diego Museum