Sale 0517 Lot 46


French (b. 1929)


“…As for the horse, I really like this animal, as much for its beauty, as for the harmony that it has with nature. In nature, the horse gives a sense of scale.  It provides interesting proportions with the sea and the sky, for example. I love life, and horses, with their forms and their ardour, delight and intrigue me.”


Andre Brasilier’s dreamy, surreal canvases have appealed to international audiences for decades. Drawing from modern European art movements and Japanese prints, Brasilier has achieved his own widely-appealing unique style. Often inspired by music, Brasilier uses color to create a harmony on the canvas. The surreal landscapes evoke a peaceful, dreamy place far away from the trivial problems of everyday life.


Brasilier was born in Anjou, France the son of two painters. In 1949, he began his formal artistic education at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied under Maurice Briancon. In 1952 he was awarded a Prix Florence-Blumenthal and in 1953, he was awarded a Grand Prix de Rome. Following his trip to Rome he spent three years living at the Villa di Medici sponsored by the French Academy.


When he returned to Paris, he exhibited in major group shows throughout the 1950s and 60s. He also had several independent exhibitions at notable galleries in France and at David B. Findlay Gallery in New York. Brasilier continues to have a very successful artistic career with active collector’s in America, Europea and Japan. When asked why his work is particularly appealing to a Japanese audience Brasileir noted his preference for simplicity and his attention to composition.


Brasilier has been the subject of two major retrospectives; at the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (2005) and at the Museum Haus Ludwig fur Kunstausstellungen Saarolis in Germany (2007). His works are in museums and private collections worldwide including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the State Hermitage Museum.  

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