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Mennessons dans le studio

In his quest for meaning which was Mennessons’ goal in his life and works, the Apocalypse constitutes a beacon, because the text of St John is, in its etymological sense the “unveiling” of a hidden reality, therefore the invisible realities which give meaning to the world of appearances. From the start of his work, some of his black and white drawings, oils on canvas and several sculptures are inspired by this. It was however, only after a visit to the Museum of Angers that the artist began an exhaustive study of the text.

After a series of rough preliminary sketches, annotated and reunited in an album “128 drawings on the Apocalypse” Mennessons moved away from this theme on paper and canvas. He started to use the materials numbers, gouaches, oil pastels of a square format, where the number of colours is limited. The canvases in two types of formats follow the same rigorous requirements, and from 1969 to 1973 show a world of the Apocalypse which unveiled a new path for his work marked by numbers and bathed in spirituality.

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Les 4 vents n°11 de Jacques Mennessons
1971, Les 4 vents n°11
47 x 47 cm, Linogravure sur papier E.A. - Collection particulière
Lumière d'Automne de Jacques Mennessons
1956, Lumière d'Automne
97 x 195 cm, Stic B et huile sur toile - Collection particulière