MICHEL CIRY was a very talented figure in modern French culture. He was the composer of six symphonies for orchestra, mixed choir, and soloist. He published 36 volumes of memoirs. He was a master of modern etching, designing postage stamps and illustrating literary classics by authors ranging from Emily Bronte to Franz Kafka, and he painted.
He art was
largely devoted to sacred themes. He also chose to remain celibate, living in
self-imposed exile from the
He was born
in 1919 in La Baule in
Ciry has been described as an artist of solitude.
As French Roman Catholic Writer Francois Mauriac once observed: “Ciry knows how to make divinity shine through a poor face similar to those we walk past on the street.”
“It seems my lot has been to translate the anguish, the pain, the diversity of torments that can assail a human being,” explained Ciry. “I do not cultivate this sadness but it imposes itself in such a way there is hardly space for anything else in my work but this.”When a friend once urged Ciry to renounce images of solitude and become “a painter of love,” the artist was quick to defend himself. “How could I be anything else but a painter of love?” he wrote. “It is precisely my great and slightly mad ambition in this time of hatred to want to stay on the side of love.”
Top- Pieta of Nortre Dame- 1950
Right:- Pieta (1954)