Lot 806: ALFRED MANESSIER, Hommage à Saint Jean de la Croix (La Source), 1956-1957


May 25, 2013
Cologne, Germany

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Description: Gouache and collage on machine-made laid paper 31.3 x 24 cm, framed under glass. Signed 'Manessier' in light blue lower left. Verso inscribed by the artist in pencil, partially crossed out and corrected; lower margin with the lines: '...Bien sais-je la source qui jaillit et fuit/ Mais c'est de nuit!...'. - Slightly wavy due to material and technique, smaller losses of colour towards right margin centre.We would like to thank Christine Manessier, Association Alfred Manessier, Abbeville, for additional and confirmatory information.ProvenancePrivate collection, North Rhine-WestphaliaAccording to the kind note from Christine Manessier, the artist's daughter, the two lines on the reverse come from a hymn by the Spanish mystic Saint Jean de la Croix. In 1958, the "Cantiques spirituels" by Saint Jean de la Croix, Édition des Sept, Paris, were published with 12 colour lithographs by the artist.
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