Lot 145: Andre Brasilier
Signed lower center canvas; signed verso
Canvas (vis.): 20.75" x 28.25"; Frame: 21.5" x 29"
Together with copy of letter from the artist dated June 26, 1970
Provenance: Galerie de Paris, Paris, France;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, June 15, 1970);
Thence by descent
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André Brasilier was born to painters in the Loire Valley region of France in 1929. He studied art at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and was a success early on. For example, he was awarded the Prix Florence-Blumenthal in 1952, and the Grand Prix de Rome in 1953, for which he spent the following three years living at the Villa di Medici as an artist in residence with a stipend, a privilege extended by the French Academy to prizewinners until 1968. He also received the Prix Charles-Morellet at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in 1961. A distinguished French landscape painter with a languid, lyrical style, Brasilier has staying power–his career has spanned six decades.
Natural beauty abounds in his pastoral scenes rendered almost abstract and surreal. Notes French critic Bernard de Montgolfier: “One could say that Brasilier has a very personal way of being non-figurative within figuration.” Or, in the artist’s own words, he distills nature: “I always try to give the quintessence of a subject, to say a great deal with a little, like Japanese artists who focus on asceticism and simplicity.”
Over the years Brasilier has had numerous exhibitions all over the world: throughout France, and in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, England, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Notably, one hundred of his paintings were shown in a retrospective at the State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia, in 2005.
André Brasilier. New York: Findlay Galleries, 1968. Print. Harambourg, Lydia. André Brasilier. Paris: Éditions Cercle D’Art, 2008. Print. André Brasilier. Web. <http://www.andrebrasilier.com/en/andre-brasilier>.