Messagier’s graphic work is extremely fertile, extending from the 1950s to 1974. He is a trained painter but also an engraver and sculptor. Oscillating between abstraction and figuration, Jean Messagier seems to pursue an eternal watchword: art must be above all celebration and jubilation. The ardor of the line, the energy of the color or the softness of the gestures build a work in the service of emotion and poetry. The artist is interested in gesture but also in the question of the multiple when he uses lithography as a medium of expression. It is a fascinating thing: from a certain moment, a certain instant, a certain energy or a certain gesture, a work emerges. This work can then be printed in several identical copies. The gesture of this instant is thus fixed and preserved, multiplied.