Charles Levier (1920-2003)
Charles Levier was born in 1920 to a French father and American mother in Corsica. He was fascinated by colour and form, which led him at the age of seventeen to attend the École Nationale Supérieure de Arts Decoratifs in Paris. When the Second World War broke out, Levier served in the Army, primarily based in North Africa.
After the War Charles Levier divided his time between the USA and France. His first one man show was at the Galerie Constantine in Lyons, followed by an exhibition in Los Angeles in 1950. In 1955 he exhibited at the Galeries de Colisee in Paris, returning afterwards to America where the Lilienfeld Gallery in New York began to present his work. The Lilienfeld Gallery’s owner, Dr. Lilienfeld, was a highly respected figure in the New York art world at the time, and his personal enthusiasm and endorsement of Charles Levier’s paintings were a huge benefit to the artist’s career. Through his collaboration with the gallery he was introduced to many collectors who shared Dr. Lilienfeld’s appreciation of his work.
Charles Levier’s enduring themes were a totally French interpretation of landscape and interiors, often with a view of a Mediterranean port and sea through a window. He also painted Parisian scenes, and the fashionable women of both Paris and the Riviera.His paintings were collected by such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford, Adlai Stevenson, Baron Edmund de Rothschild, Prince and Princess Poniatoski, Dean Martin and many others.
His work is represented in the Musée d’Art Modern and the Musée de Menton in France, and in the USA at Atlanta Museum, Seattle Museum, Museum of New Orleans and the San Diego Museum.
Charles Levier died in 2003.