Alfred Manessier

Alfred Manessier

(1911-1993) French

Manssier was born in Saint-Ouen near Amiens, France and found inspiration in the natural surroundings of his native region, beginning to paint landscapes at an early age. For his formal education he studied architecture at the École des beaux-arts in Paris, however he disliked the school’s formal atmosphere and preferred to copy paintings at the Louvre, particularly those by old masters such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, and Tintoretto. In the postwar period, Manssier associated with Lyrical Abstraction and Art Informel and while Manessier initially gained international recognition for his paintings, he was fluent in a variety of mediums, including lithography, as well as designs for tapestries, liturgical objects, and vestments.

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