Alfred ManessierAbstract artistPARIS -- Alfred Manessier...


August 03, 1993

Alfred Manessier

Abstract artist

PARIS -- Alfred Manessier, one of France's greatest abstract artists, died Sunday after an automobile accident. He was 81.

Mr. Manessier had been hospitalized for spinal injuries since Wednesday's crash.

Noted for his luminous colors and schematic designs with religious overtones, Mr. Manessier had his greatest period in the 1950s, when the abstract movement was in full flower.

He was also a master of tapestry and stained glass, and his works include a tapestry made for the French Embassy in Washington. His last major works were the windows in the

Abbeville cathedral.

Mr. Manessier received the Legion of Honor, France's highest award. Hattie Mae White, 77, who fought for school desegregation and was the first black elected to the Houston school board, died Friday at Methodist Hospital in Houston. She was elected to the Houston Independent School District board of trustees in 1958. Several days later, she found a cross burning in her yard, the first of many instances of prejudice she encountered during her nine years on the board.

Gavin K. Letts

Gavin K. Letts, a 64-year-old jurist on the 4th District Court of Appeals who helped shape Florida's divorce and civil rights laws, died Sunday of liver cancer in West Palm Beach, Fla. He wrote decisions on domestic relations, real estate, business and commercial law, and civil rights.

Elmar Klos

Elmar Klos, 83, a Czech filmmaker who won the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1966, died July 19 in Prague. He made several films in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966, he and Slovak director Jan Kadar won an Oscar for their 1965 work "The Shop on Main Street." The film was one of the few made in the Soviet bloc after World War II that described the Nazi persecution of Jews.

Edward Breck

Edward Breck, 86, former chairman of the hair-care company John H. Breck Inc. and co-creator of its "Breck Girls" advertising campaign, died Friday in Westerly, R.I. The pharmacist joined his father's hair-care company in 1929 and retired in 1970. He created the "Breck Girls" campaign, which featured pastel paintings of women with beauti-ful hair, with artist Charles Sheldon.

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