La grande racine
Global Abstractions: Property from a Distinguished Private Collector
1911 - 1993
La grande racine
signed and dated 67; signed with the artist's initials, titled, dated 67 and inscribed A Plasse Lecaisne on the reverse
oil on canvas
63 ¾ by 63 ¾ in. 161.9 by 161.9 cm.
framed: 64 ½ by 64 ½ in. 163.8 by 163.8 cm.
We would like to thank Madame Christine Manessier, the artist’s daughter, for confirming the authenticity of this work. The work is recorded in the artist’s archives and will be included in the forthcoming Alfred Manessier Catalogue Raisonné currently in preparation under Madame Manessier’s direction.
This work is in very good condition overall. There is evidence of minor wear and handling to the edges and corners, with associated abrasions and pinpoint losses as well minor cracking at the pull margins. Under close inspection, there is evidence of stable drying cracks, most noticeably in the black passages. There is a small impact indentation with associated radial cracks and pinpoint losses roughly 18 inches from the left and 8 inches from the top. The canvas undulates slightly in the corners, only visible from certain angles. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, the lower left corner fluoresces darkly and appears to have been restored. Also under Ultraviolet light inspection, scattered areas fluoresce irregularly as a result of the artist’s process but are not the sign of restoration. Framed.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.
Exh. Cat., Payerne, Abbey Museum (and traveling), Manessier, Oeuvre tissé, 1994, p. 124, illustrated
Bellelay, Abbey, Alfred Manessier, July – September 1970
Rambouillet, Palais du Roi de Rome, Alfred Manessier (1911-1993), Du trait à la couleur / Un choix d'oeuvres de 1935 à 1993, Dessin-Peinture-Tapisserie-Vitrail, March – May 2002
Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey; Zacatecas, Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Abstracciones: Nueva York, París, Cuenca, México, November 2015 - June 2016, pp. 118-119 and 219, illustrated in color