Alfred Manessier -12° 1956

Artwork details

Artist
Alfred Manessier 1911–1993
Title
-12°
Date 1956
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1143 x 1460 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1959
Reference
T00260
Not on display

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Although from 1945 Manessier's paintings were generally considered abstract he continued to explore religious and landscape themes. He visited Holland briefly in February 1955 and many of his paintings of the following year were, like this one, inspired by the snow-clad landscape and architecture of the Dutch plain. Manessier was struck by the cold (refered to in the title) and by the winter light, 'the sun of a yellow that was quite new to me, seen from by bedroom at Eindhoven; the somewhat windmill-like forms from a road in Zeeland'.

August 2004

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