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Alfred Manessier was French abstract painter. Alfred Manessier was born in the north of France in the year 1911. His family included stone mason artisans and his father attended the Ecole Des Beaux Arts.

Manessier attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts where he originally signed up as an architect major to please his father. Manessier’s father died during the middle of his college career and the artist switched the focus of his studies from architecture to art.

Manessier was married to a fellow artist named Therese Simonnet.

In this clip we visit the artist’s studio:

The artist worked as a painter, stained glass designer, and theater set and costume designer.

Manessier made a trip to Canada and was inspired by the Inuit art and the lifestyle he found in the region.

Alfred Manessier passed away in 1993 as the result of a car accident.

Below we visit a retrospective show from 2012:

Price range information: Works range from $20,000 to $600,000. Manessier worked in gouache, watercolor, pastels, and oils.

The artist is part of many prestigious art collections including the Museum of Modern Art located in New York City.

Manessier had a great sense of color and sense of design. This could be why he was also very successful as a textile designer.