André Brasilier French, b. 1929

Overview

Typified by their breezy lyricism, wherein subjects are transposed into dreamlike settings, Brasilier's images portray a peaceful world with delicate harmonies in composition and color. Though his works reflect the influence of expressionist artists, Brasilier derives inspiration from Japanese prints, and among his favorite themes are pastoral scenes, musical instruments, the sea, women, and horses. A painter, watercolorist, lithographer, and ceramist, Brasilier sought to create a harmony between composition and emotion in each of his works. He defined himself as a "transfigurative" painter, believing that painting was above all a transfiguration of reality as opposed to a realistic translation thereof.

 

Born to two painters in Saumur, Touraine in the Loire region of France, Andre Brasilier attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts beginning in 1949. In 1952 he won the Florence Blumenthal Prize, and the following year he won the Prix de Rome Painting Prize. In Rome, he was artist in residency at the Villa Médicis from 1954 to 1957. The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg held a major retrospective honoring the artist's work in 2005. Today he lives and works in Paris.

Awards

Florence Blumenthal Prize, 1952

Premier Grand Prix de Rome, 1953

Prix Charles-Morellet, Salon de la Jeune Peinture, 1961

Prix de Villeneuve-sur-Lot, 1962

Exhibitions

1959     First exhibition, on the theme of music, Galerie Drouet, Paris

1960     Galerie Weil, Paris

1962     Gallery David B. Findlay, New York

1969     Gallery of Paris, Paris; Gallery Yoshii, Tokyo

1974     Exhibition of lithographs and tapestries, Galerie Vision Nouvelle, Paris

1980     First retrospective (1950-1980), Chateau of Chenonceau

1983     Nichido Gallery, Tokyo

1985     Hammer Gallery, New York

1988     Buschlen-Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver; Picasso Museum Retrospective, Grimaldi Castle, Antibes; Gallery Hopkins-Thomas, Paris

1992     André Brasilier à Bagatelle, mayor of Paris

1994     Museum of fine arts, Palais Carnolès , Menton

1995     Arsenal of Metz; Gallery Bac Saint-Germain, Paris

2004     Castle Maïnau, Lake Constance

2005     Retrospective at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

2006     Retrospective Espace des Arts-Mitsukoshi-Étoile, Paris

2010     Castle of Chenonceau

2013     Opera Gallery, London

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