MANESSIER, Alfred
Born at Saint-Ouen (Somme) December 5, 1911. His family is of Picardy ancestry; his father was a wine dealer; one grandfather was a stone carver, the other shoe repairer. After first having studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Amiens, Manessier comes to Paris to take courses in architecture, but he studies painting instead, copying the Old Masters in the Louvre ( Rembrandt, Tintoretto, Renoir). "The world of the Beaux-Arts School frightened me," he wrote. So he worked in the Montparnasse academies and followed the advice of Bissière at the Académie Ranson. He becomes friendly with Le Moal and Bertholle. He exhibits first of all at the Salon des Indépendants of 1933, then at the Salon d'Automne and at the Salon des Tuileries. May 10, 1941 he took part in the exhibition called "Jeunes Peintres de Tradition Française." In 1943 he spends a few months at La Trappe and is left with a very profound impression. An exhibition of an ensemble of his works was held in Paris in 1949, in Brussels in 1951. He was awarded the Prix de Peinture at the Biennale of Säo Paulo of 1953. Manessier collaborated on the decoration of the Aviation and Railway Pavillons for the Universal Exposition of 1937. He has also designed theatre décors and costumes ( 1945), and in the field of art sacré he has designed many stained glass windows (churches of Bréseux, Doubs, la Toussaint at Basle; that of SaintPierre-de-Trinquetaille of Arles, etc.).
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