Modern art from the Bechtler Collection

I discovered a wonderful modern art museum in Charlotte NC… The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.  A must see for modern art lovers! They have a wonderful collection of well known and not so well know artists. I discovered two “new to me” artists whose work I am in love with! Alfred Manessier (French 1911-1993) and Gustave Singier (Belgian 1909-1984).

There is little published on these two artists in the United States. I am told they are well known and loved all over Europe! So, I am researching and learning what I can about them.

One thing I learned at the exhibit is that the two artists lived and worked in France, were close friends, and worked with one another throughout their lifetime. Their influence on one another is evident in their artwork.

Here are some works from the exhibit by both artists. I hope they inspire you as much as they did me!

Alfred Manessier ~ Composition, watercolor on paper, 1949

Alfred Manessier ~ Composition, watercolor on paper, 1949

Gustave Singier ~ Soleil / Maree Basse (Sun / Low Tide), watercolor on paper, 1956

Gustave Singier ~ Soleil / Maree Basse (Sun / Low Tide), watercolor on paper, 1956

Gustave Singier ~ Les dunes et le port (The Dunes and The Port), oil on canvas, 1951

Gustave Singier ~ Les dunes et le port (The Dunes and The Port), oil on canvas, 1951

Alfrred Mannessier ~ Port du Nord (Northern Port), oil on canvas,1955

Alfrred Mannessier ~ Port du Nord (Northern Port), oil on canvas,1955

Alfred Manessier ~ Printemps Nordique (Nordic Spring), oil on canvas,1954

Alfred Manessier ~ Printemps Nordique (Nordic Spring), oil on canvas,1954

Gustave Singier ~ Mistral - Nait (Minstral Night), lithograph on paper,1954

Gustave Singier ~ Mistral – Nait (Minstral Night), lithograph on paper,1954

Alfred Manessier ~ Les Cantiques Spirituels de St Jean de la Croix (The Spiritual Canticles of St John of the Cross), lithograph on paper, 1958

Alfred Manessier ~ Les Cantiques Spirituels de St Jean de la Croix (The Spiritual Canticles of St John of the Cross), lithograph on paper, 1958

Gustave Singier ~ Prison pour Danae (Danae's Prison), lithograph on paper, 1962

Gustave Singier ~ Prison pour Danae (Danae’s Prison), lithograph on paper, 1962

Alfrred Manessier ~ Untitled, lithograph on paper, 1963

Alfrred Manessier ~ Untitled, lithograph on paper, 1963

Profitez de l’art moderne!

Rachel xoxo

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About Rachel Fontenot

Hi y'all! I'm Rachel Fontenot, an artist, poet and surface designer who is passionate about color and pattern, poetry, the great outdoors and art history. I also love to crochet and knit, scrapbook and make handmade cards. All of which you will find on this blog! My artwork and patterns are happy, peaceful and full of color as are all the things my happy hands find to create. I'm a native of the colorful and eclectic city of New Orleans where I currently live with my wonderful hubby of 20+ years marriage. Welcome!
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One Response to Modern art from the Bechtler Collection

  1. Rachel, I am curating a show on Manessier that will open at a church in Chatham, MA in January 2016 and then travel. Loved that you have discovered his work. I have the Suite de Pâques as the focus of the show and then another 10 to 12 other lithographs. Sandra Bowden

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