Felt pen and coloured inks on paper
8 11/16” x 4 ¼” (220 x 120 mm)
Monogrammed lower right (M.) and signed on the cardboard on the back
This drawing is sold unframed but can be purchased with a blackened wooden frame (Netherlands 17th century, size 34x30 cm), at the buyer's choice - The additional price for the frame is €1,200.
This luminous and colourful abstract study by Manessier is most probably a stained-glass project. It bears witness to the extreme creativity of the artist who reinvented stained glass in the 1950s through numerous commissions.
1. Alfred Manessier, a master of light
Alfred Manessier was born on 5 December 1911 in Saint-Ouen in the Somme. Trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Amiens (1924 - 1929), he completed his studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and spent a brief period in the studio of the painter Roger Bissière, who introduced him to frescoes and with whom he took refuge in Boissiérettes in the Lot at the beginning of the war.
From 1947 onwards, stained glass occupied a large part of his work, which was now based on abstraction. He carried out about twenty projects in France, including the stained-glass windows for the church of Saint-Michel des Bréseux (Doubs), his first commission (1948 - 1950), those in the church of Saint-Pierre de Trinquetaille in Arles (1953), and the chapel of Sainte-Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus et de la Sainte Face in Hem (Nord - 1957). The stained-glass windows of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Abbeville, one of his last commissions carried out between 1982 and 1993, are considered his masterpiece. He also executed a dozen stained-glass projects in Switzerland, Germany and Spain.
As an abstract painter of the Ecole de Paris, Manessier frequently tackled subjects related to the Catholic religion. His paintings are often inspired by the landscapes of Northern France, but also by his travels. From 1956 onwards, he produced a large number of political paintings entitled "Hommage", which echoed the violence in the world at that time.
The dissemination of these works in public spaces through his stained-glass windows brought him great notoriety during his lifetime, and his paintings were awarded numerous international prizes (such as the Grand Prix of the Venice Biennale, which he received in 1962, alongside Albert Giacometti, who received the Grand Prix for sculpture).
He died on 1st August 1993 as a result of a car accident, shortly after the completion of the stained-glass windows in Abbeville.
2. Description of the artwork
The study we are presenting consists of a tangle of coloured geometrical shapes surrounded by irregular black lines that stand out against a light background glazed with a few yellow spots. The black outlines evoke the lead of a stained-glass window. Here Manessier mainly mixes two primary colours (a vivid red and ultramarine blue), to which he adds three other colours: orange red, turquoise blue and fuchsia pink. The latter evokes the colour that could be obtained by superimposing red and blue. The use of a deliberately limited number of colours evokes the work of the glassmaker who has to deal with the colours of glass available to him.
The work is monogrammed in the lower right-hand corner and the original frame (which we have changed) had a painted cardboard back with the artist's signature on it, which we have reinstated on the back of the frame we are offering.
This work on paper can be purchased with or without a frame. As a reference to Manessier’s origins, we have chosen a Flemish frame made of blackened wood from the 17th century to evoke the half-light of a church in which the luminous glitter of a stained glass window stands out.
Delevery information :
The prices indicated are the prices for purchases at the gallery.
Depending on the price of the object, its size and the location of the buyer we are able to offer the best transport solution which will be invoiced separately and carried out under the buyer's responsibility.