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Alfred Manessier

Born in 1911 - France

BIOGRAPHY

Alfred Manessier is a French abstract painter, lithographer, and designer of tapestries and stained glass. Born in Saint-Ouen. Went to Paris in 1929 to study architecture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, but also copied Old Masters in the Louvre and worked in the evenings in the academies of Montparnasse. In 1935 became a pupil of Bissière at the Académie Ranson.

Alfred Manessier painted in the 1930s in the Cubist-Surrealist tradition. Spent 1940-6 first in Benauge (Lot), then from 1942 at Le Bignon in Normandy. Contacts with the Trappists in 1943 led to a deep commitment to religion. His work became abstract by 1945, though he continued to draw inspiration from religious and landscape themes.

Exhibited with Le Moal and Singier in 1944 and 1946; first one-man exhibition at the Galerie Billiet Caputo, Paris, 1949. Alfred Manessier was also active from 1947-8 as a designer of tapestries and of stained glass for churches; has occasionally designed for the theatre. Awarded First Prize at the 1955 Pittsburgh International and the main painting prize at the 1962 Venice Biennale. Lived in Paris and Emancé.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2012
Manessier - composer of colors - Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen
Alfred Manessier - Galerie Sabine Vazieux, Paris
2010
Alfred Manessier - Galerie Tulbinger Kogel, Mauerbach
2008
Manessier en Provence - MAC Musées d´Art Contemporain Marseille, Marseille
1971
Alfred Manessier: Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors, and Prints - Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1959
Alfred Manessier - Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich
Manessier - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
1949
Manessier - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris


GROUP SHOWS

2014
20 000 Lieux... - LAAC - Lieu d'Art et Action Contemporaine de Dunkerque, Dunkerque
2013
Les peintres non-figuratifs - ARTEMPER, Grosley-sur-Risle
Les non-figuratifs - Pierre & Francois Fine Art, Grosley-sur-Risle
De l'impressionnisme à l'abstraction, une immersion - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Lô, Saint-Lô
Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
2012
Montparnasse/Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Abstractions d’après-guerre - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
L'Art en Guerre, France 1938-1947 - De Picasso a Dubuffet - Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
A Legacy Of Friendship: Hans Bechtler's Birthday Book - Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC
2011
Peinture non-figurative de la Seconde École de Paris (1946-1962) - Musée Rath, Geneva
Ein Streifzug durch die Moderne - Galerie Koch, Hannover
2010
École de Paris und Umkreis - Galerie Anja Rumig, Stuttgart
"Unsere Moderne" - Mittelrhein Museum Koblenz, Koblenz
2009
Picasso, Matisse, Dubuffet, Bacon... - Les modernes s’exposent au musée des Beaux-Arts - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Lyon
A França no MAC - Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo
2008
Traces du Sacré - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
2007
Be-Bomb: the Transatlantic War of Images and all that Jazz. 1946-1956 - Museu d´Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
Augenlust - Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Apolda
2006
Jan Jordens en tijdgenoten - Groninger Museum, Groningen
2005
Réouverture du LAAC - LAAC - Lieu d'Art et Action Contemporaine de Dunkerque, Dunkerque
Rätselhaft? Informelle Druckgraphik Gestern und Heute - Sammlung Hartmann - Kulturhof Flachsgasse , Speyer
50 JAHRE GALERIE KOCH - Galerie Koch, Hannover
2004
Kunst der Ecole de Paris nach 1950 - Galerie Boisserée, Cologne
2003
Paris 1945 bis 1965 - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Rätselhaft? - Terra Magica - Informelle Druckgraphik Gestern und Heute - Sammlung Hartmann - Galerie mesta Plzne - Pilsen Municipal Gallery, Pilsen
Després de l'informalisme - Museu d'Art de Girona, Girona
30 Jahre Galerie im Traklhaus, Teil I - Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg
2002
Sammlung Hellmut und Norli Czerny - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
2001
Druckgraphik aus Frankreich nach 45 - MMK Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Wörlen, Passau
2000
Expression und Meditation - Die Sammlung Rombold - MMK Museum Moderner Kunst - Stiftung Wörlen, Passau
Times are changing - Auf dem Wege! Aus dem 20. Jahrhundert! - Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
1999
Expression und Meditation - Sammlung Rombold - Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
1993
Entre la sérénité et l'inquiétude - Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne
Itinéraires (Œuvres de la collection du Frac Bretagne) - Galerie du Dourven, Trédrez-Locquémeau
1992
The Robert And Traude Hensel Collection - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
1990
XLIV. Esposizione Biennale Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1987
Rückblick - Eine Sammlung der 60er Jahre - Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz
1979
Stadt II: Entfremdung - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
1974
Alternativen Malerei um 1945 – 50 - Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg
1964
documenta 3 - Documenta, Kassel
1963
Deutsche und französische Graphik der Gegenwart - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1961
Französische Graphik - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
Ecole de Paris - Molton Gallery, London
1959
Internationale Ausstellung Graphik der Gegenwart 1959 - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
documenta 2 - Documenta, Kassel
Französische Graphik - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1957
Junge Graphik aus Paris - Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden
1955
The new decade. 22 European painters and sculptors - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
The new decade. 22 European painters and sculptors - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
documenta 1 - Documenta, Kassel
The New Decade: 22 European Painters and Sculptors - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Alfred Manessier & Georges Rouault - Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
1953
II Bienal Do Museu De Arte Moderna De São Paulo - Bienal de Sao Paulo, São Paulo
1950
Reichel, Bertholle, Manessier, Vieira da Silva - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Accrochage - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
1949
Accrochage - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
Quelques aspects de la peinture présente - Galerie Denise René - Rive Gauche, Paris
1948
Gouaches, Sculptures, Aquarelles et Dessins - Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
1941
Vingt jeunes peintres de tradition française - Galerie Braun, Paris

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