Manessier, The Tragic and the Light

Exposition - Large formats

Manessier Exposition

“…I think we’re the primitive speakers of a new language that is as flexible as that which musicians have long used…”

It is to this Manessier that the festival wanted to pay homage: a man whose passion for the music of Mozart, Bach and Debussy can be understood by their shared roots, and is expressed in his impressionist aesthetic.

It is he who wrote: “…I feel just how much light has broken free from a space of figuration to become its own language…” that the brand new Saint-Riquier Abbey’s Centre Culturel de Rencontre has chosen as its emblematic figure for its inaugural exposition.

Indeed, light is the theme of this cultural year for the Abbey, in this department of the Somme that, rather notoriously, naturally celebrates it through the quality and diversity of its skies. From this perspective, what other painter exploited and reproduced its subtleties and spiritual dimension better than Manessier?

Alfred Manessier: La tragique et la lumière (The tragic and The Light – 1937-1989) is an exposition realized with the collaboration of the University of Picardy Jules Verne as part of Années Manessier, and brings together thirty of the artist’s works, including large formats, from June 23 to September 23, 2012.

“How can the tragic, the dramatic and the political make painting – gestures, color and light?” (Marie-Domitille Porcheron), the premise of this exposition will enable all festival-goers to discover or to rediscover this great artist: a citizen resolutely involved in the dramas of his time, and whose departure left unfinished his work “Our friend death according to Mozart”.

  • 24/06/2012 to 24/09/2012
  • Abbaye - Saint-Riquier - Baie de Somme
  • Price : 3€ - Free for Festival members
  • Duration : Everyday from 10am to 9pm