17. Alfred MANESSIER (1911-1993)

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17. Alfred MANESSIER (1911-1993)
17. Alfred MANESSIER (1911-1993) The night light, 1945/46 Oil on canvas. Signed and dated upper left. Titled on the back. 41 x 27 cm. (Small cracks). The sagacity of the collector has allowed to gather side by side on the picture rails two contemporary paintings, one by Manessier, the other by Bazaine, close in spirit in their spirit, their subject and their pictorial grammar (cubist-fauvist synthesis). During the war years, the young painters of French tradition (Bazaine who is the elder, Le Moal, Singier, Manessier) execute still lifes of objects, the simplest, the most prosaic (coffee pot, stove, lamp, table and sideboard of kitchen). They testify of an austerity and a withdrawal on the modest and the daily of the Occupation. But here at Manessier, the central flame is of disproportionate size and becomes the subject of the painting. It takes on a symbolic and spiritual value: we know that during a stay at the made to the Trappe de Soligny in 1943, the artist discovered in contact with the monks a monks a revived Christian faith. The "Voile de Véronique (1943)" also bears witness to this. If The Lamp of Bazaine is of a splendid formal austerity, The Nightlight of Manessier, by its spiritual flame, by the spatializing curves of its stove confers to the painting a rejoicing hope.
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