Oil on canvas
21 1/4 x 29 inches (54 x 73.3 cm)
Framed: 27 3/4 x 35 1/4 (71 x 89 cm)
Dated and titled on the reverse and signed lower right: André Brasilier
Sale Mallet, Tokyo, 2008
Sale, Christie’s, NY, February 2009
Hanley Collection, USA
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne on the artist in preparation by Alexis Brasilier.
André Brasilier was born in France in 1929. His parents were painters and he showed artistic interest and talent at a young age. At the age of 20 Brasilier entered the École des Beaux-Arts and won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome three years later. He began exhibiting in France as well as abroad, holding his first solo exhibition at Galerie Drouet in 1959.
Today, Brasilier is one of the most distinguished French painters. His artistic career spans sixty years and he has exhibited in over one hundred solo exhibitions all over the world in countries including France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, United States, Russia, The Netherlands, Korea and Hong Kong. He has been the subject of several retrospective exhibitions, including: a retrospective of one hundred artworks from 1950-1980 at the Château de Chenonceau (1980); at the Musée Picasso-Château Grimaldi in Antibes French Riviera (1988); the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (2005); and at the Museum Haus Ludwig für kunstausstellungen in Germany (2007).
Brasilier’s style, often described as a blend of abstraction, expressionism, and something distinctly his own, is widely recognized. His works often feature themes and motifs such as horses, nature, music, and women. As the French critic Bernard de Montgolfier noted: “One could say that Brasilier has a very personal way of being non-figurative within figuration.” Of his own work, Brasilier said: “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.”
This classic Brasilier scene features his favorite subject, horses, set in an abstract natural setting with stylistic tall black trees punctuating a large and clear sky. In the clearing, wild beige and black horses are grazing. The subject is simplistic and romantic, accenting hues of beige, grey and black which render a peaceful and dreamy atmosphere. This composition is a perfect example of Brasilier’s charming and unique style.