What we have to reconquer is the weight of lost reality. We must make for ourselves a new heart, a new spirit, a new soul, in the measure of man. The painter’s true reality lies neither in abstraction nor in realism, but in the reconquest of his weight as a human being. At present non-figurative art seems to me to offer the one opportunity for the painter to approach the inward reality of himself and to grasp the consciousness of his essential self, or even of his being. It is only by the reconquest of his position, I believe, that the painter will be able, in the time to come, to return slowly to himself, to rediscover his own weight and so to strengthen it that it can even reach the outward reality of the world.
Alfred Manessier a French painter defining the aims of his art in these words.
From the book, Man and His Symbols page 268
A garden beautiful
Man’s legacy a sense of future
Seeing beyond all things
Inside child of learning
A mixture of things left
On the wind
This guide of revelations
Call her spring.
End of Tuesday November 13th. Word count 2217
Excerpt from 50,000 Words and Counting a work in progress.