André Brasilier was born into an artistic family in Saumur, France. His father, Jacques Brasilier, was closely af liated with the Symbolist movement, joining the atelier of the celebrated Mucha. His mother, Alice Chaumont, was a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London. At the age of twenty, André Brasilier went to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1952 he received a grant from the Florence Blumenthal Foundation, and in the following year, when he was only 23, won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome, entitling him to study at the Académie de France in Rome. His rst solo exhibition of paintings, focusing on music, was held at the Galerie Drouet in 1959.
Over the years Brasilier has exhibited in numerous exhibitions all over the world including France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, the United States, Russia, The Netherlands, Korea and Hong Kong - over one hundred solo exhibitions in twenty different countries.
His travels have inspired several series of paintings, as well as ceramics, mosaics, theatrical sets and book illustrations. He had his rst retrospective of one hundred artworks from 1950 -1980 at the Château de Chenonceau in 1980, and a retrospective exhibition at the Musée Picasso - Château Grimaldi in Antibes, the French Riviera, in 1988.
He has since been honoured with major retrospectives both at Russia’s renowned State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in 2005 and at the Museum Haus Ludwig für Kunstausstellungen Saarlouis in Germany in 2007. Across the globe and for the last ve years, we’ve been the witnesses to a revival in the appreciation of Brasilier’s work.
Although André Brasilier is internationally renowned, the city of Paris remains his home and place of creation.
The exhibition comprising of about fty pieces of the artist’s personal collection re ects the energy exuding from his most recent paintings. His compositions often draw their inspiration from nature, the equestrian world, music and the art of portraying women.
Through an intimate communion with Mother Nature, André Brasilier draws his inspiration from her language, sounds and colours; he summons the memory of nature’s raw beauty, protected against the woes of the world. His paintings irt with Expressionism, the Abstract and the Japanese print art from Edo. But this does not entrap the artist from exploring other schools of thought.
Today André Brasilier allows us to present, in his own words, ‘‘the latest creations of an ever-youthful artist, still true to his style and to what he loves’’.
Born 29 October 1929 in Saumur (aged 87) Lives and works in Paris
Represented worldwide exclusively by Opera Gallery
Some quotes from the artist
‘‘What I want is to leave a message of love, a vision of life that I particularly love, that triggers delight, I hope, when people gaze upon it’’
‘‘It’s about translating in the most intimate, personal way, one’s idea of a human truth’’
‘‘Simplify to pass on this love for life through an art form that’s anything but realistic, that’s my motto’’ ‘‘The search for simplicity energizes me’’
1959: First exhibition in Paris, on the theme of music, Galerie Drouet, Paris, France
1980: First retrospective (1950 -1980), 100 artworks at the Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceau, France 1988: Retrospective exhibition at the Musée Picasso - Château Grimaldi, Antibes, France
2005: Retrospective exhibition at The State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
2007: Exhibition at the Museum Haus Ludwig für Kunstausstellungen Saarlouis, Saarlouis, Germany
2008: Inaugural ceremony for the Chapel of Saint-Blaise, Pompadour, France