Born in Corsica and raised in Monte Carlo, Georges Visat (1910 –2001) entered the printing business at the age of fourteen as an apprentice. After struggling through the Depression and then being held as a prisoner of war in Germany during the second world war, he moved to Paris in 1945 and established his own print shop.
Visat was an etcher, an intaglio rather than a relief process, and was hired by Maeght to create prints from the drawings or paintings of its stable of famous artists: Georges Braque, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, and Fernand Léger. In 1961 Visat founded his own publishing firm and worked with his close friend Max Ernst, with Ernst’s wife Dorothea Tanning, and with a generation of younger artists: Roberto Matta, Wilfredo Lam, Hans Bellmer, Alberto Giacometti, and Francis Bacon.
In 1978 Visat settled with his wife in her native village of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and concentrated on his own abstract artwork.
Books from Georges Visat available from Boreas Fine Art:
Ernst, Max. Le Musée de l’Homme suivi de Pêche au Soleil Levant. [Paris]: Galerie Alexandre Iolas. 1965.
[ Ernst, Max ] Prévert, Jacques. Les Chiens Ont Soif. Paris: Au Pont des Arts. 1964.
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