Art: André Brasilier exhibition in London

Art: André Brasilier exhibition in London

Still painting at the age of 89, André Brasilier is one of France's most celebrated artists. British art fans have a chance to see an exhibition of works from the past 60 years at the Opera Gallery in central London

galloping horses and brilliant colours characterise Brasilier's work

André Brasilier is a fauvist master, who was mentored by both Picasso and Chagall. His joyful works are known for their incredibly bright blues, pinks and oranges; and many of his paintings feature horses. The exhibition of his paintings at the Opera Gallery on Bond Street runs until 9 November.

André Brasilier has produced a rich and diverse body of work over his lifetime, comprising tapestry, stage decoration and book illustration, as well as ceramics. He has had a fascinating life, spending time working in Vallauris in the south of France where he exhibited alongside Picasso, Braque, Chagall and Miró.
 
But it is as a painter that he has achieved his greatest recognition, returning to particular subjects that have come to define his career, notably horses and female nudes, all of which are inspired by his wife Chantal, whom he continues to describe as a constant source of inspiration.
 
Brasilier's paintings are inspired by the work of the Fauves and Gauguin, whom he describes as his spiritual father, and whose influence can be seen in the bright palette of vivid blues, pinks, oranges and yellows used in his work.
 
 
Brasilier is working hard at the age of 89
About André Brasilier
 
Brasilier was born into an artistic family in Saumur, France in 1929. His father Jacques was closely affiliated with the Symbolist movement, while his mother, Alice Chaumont, graduated from the Royal College of Art in London.
 
Brasilier demonstrated a natural inclination towards painting at an early age, and when he turned 20 he moved to Paris to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. In 1952 he received a grant from the Florence Blumenthal Foundation, and the following year, aged 23, he won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome. This award opened the doors of the Académie de France à Rome to him. His first solo exhibition of paintings, focusing on the musical themes that often appear in his works, was held at the Galerie Drouet in 1959. He was a frequent participant at gallery exhibitions in Paris throughout the 1950s and '60s.
 
Over the years Brasilier has featured in exhibitions in France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, the US, Russia, the Netherlands, Korea and Hong Kong - over 100 solo exhibitions in 20 countries. His travels have inspired several series of paintings, as well as ceramics, mosaics, theatrical plays and book illustrations produced over his long career.
 
He had his first retrospective of 100 artworks from 1950 - 1980 at the Château de Chenonceau in 1980 and a retrospective at the Musée Picasso - Château Grimaldi in Antibes, in 1988. He has since been honoured with major retrospectives both at the renowned State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in  2005, and at the Museum Haus Ludwig für Kunstausstellungen Saarlouis in Germany in 2007.  
 
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